We hope you already know the obvious red flags about bad bossdom — you don’t listen to your employees’ concerns, you ignore input you ask them for, and you forbid anyone from looking you directly in the eye.
Thing is, without your team working hard for and with you, you’ll eventually have to answer to your boss about why you’re not pulling your weight. Some things that can make you a bad supervisor aren’t deal-breakers to the point where people are going to quit on the spot — at least, not with today’s lackluster job market. But those bad habits can poison morale, impede progress, and sometimes, even leave you holding the bag.
#1. YOU HAVE A BIPOLAR WORK PERSONALITY
Being hot and cold keeps your team guessing how to approach you with ideas or concerns. You don’t have to be everyone’s BFF, but be civil. Your team feeds off of your energy, so when you’re all smiles and an hour later you’re a dickhead, they’ll be anxious and timid, both of which can hurt production.
#2. NOBODY IS BRUTALLY HONEST WITH YOU
Business is business, and if you’ve surrounded yourself with tools who tell you “yes” and no one has the balls to tell you an idea stinks, you’re in trouble. “A manager who pals around with people who only tell him what he wants to hear is a morale-crusher,” says Tony Deblauwe, author of Tangling with Tyrants and consulting expert HR4Change in San Francisco. Push your team to (respectfully) be honest with you about the way things operate so you’re able to make the right calls when it’s game time.
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