6 Warning Signs That Signal You May Be a Bad Boss
If you're a new owner or manager, check this list of bad boss symptoms.
I worked for several different types of companies before I found my home at PMQ--a video store, a bank, a home insurance company, a mortgage firm, an interior design company, an Internet start-up, etc. And over the years I had my share of both good--and bad--bosses.
Many times, those who are chosen to lead others often ask themselves, "Am I being a good boss?" If you're a new owner or manager, you could be asking yourself this same question.
Thankfully, there are some tell-tale signs that someone may be a "bad" boss. While it may be scary to find out that you are falling prey to one of these common symptoms, don't worry, there's still time to turn things around. Once you have identified the problem, a solution is usually not far behind.
1. You micromanage. Do you often feel like no one can do a job as well as you can? Is it so hard to trust employees that you sometimes go back and redo something they've already done or watch over them as they perform a task?
2. You are hyper-critical. You find it hard to give constructive feedback, so instead, you criticize.
3. You see the glass as half empty. As a boss, part of your job is to keep the team in good spirits. If you find yourself with a constant negative attitude, those around you will soon follow suit.
4. You are borderline abusive. Have you ever yelled, screamed or used inappropriate profanity with an employee? As the boss, you set the tone for how you should expect employees to interact with one another.
5. You are too friendly. While abusive bosses are bad, so to are bosses who are too friendly. No employee should ever feel that a boss is flirting or making unwelcome advances. Work is for working.
6. You are absent. You can't function as a boss if you are not around. Your team needs a leader; if it's not you, hire someone who can be there to make sure they can succeed.
So how did you fare? Did you pass with flying colors? Not everyone is cut out to be a boss; it's a tough job to manage a team of people who are all different and are all counting on you to lead the team to success.
If you're doing things right, keep up the good work!