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Bad Bosses, Part 2: 10 Personality Traits of a Horrible Boss

July 8th, 2014

Last week, we explored ten personality traits that make a great boss. While many people in leadership positions may say they possess such qualities, they may be misinterpreting their actions. The best way to fix a problem is to first identify what the issue is, and when it comes to bad bosses, these personality quirks are something to be on the lookout for.

10 Personality Traits of a Horrible Boss infographic-horrible-boss

1. Controlling 

Everyone has had a controlling boss at some point in their career. While many bosses may feel that they are simply setting a high standard and want things to be done correctly, being controlling can have the opposite effect and cause employees to feel constricted and not good enough.

2. Indecisive 

If employees can’t count on their boss to make a decision and stick with it, they will lose trust in leadership very quickly.

3. Resistant to Change 

In today’s four-generation workplace, Baby Boomers and Millennials are often butting heads over the concept of change. Terrible bosses are stuck in their ways and very resistant to new ideas and different ways of doing things. If there’s no room for change, there’s no room to grow.

4. Micromanaging 

When bosses micromanage, things can get ugly. If an employee doesn’t believe that their boss believes in them, they will stop believing in themselves.

5. Leadership by Fear 

Bosses who use fear as a way to motivate employees will not see success.  Read the rest of this entry »

Bad Boss Series, Part 1: 10 Personality Traits of a Great Boss

July 1st, 2014

No one in a leadership position steps into an office and thinks, “I’m going to be a really terrible boss.” In fact, most of the time, leaders start out with great intentions to improve overall management and build a strong team. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always go as planned and frustration, miscommunication and unmet expectations turn good intentions into a “bad boss” reputation.

The truth is that being a great boss requires some strong personality traits. While everyone certainly has their own unique personality, it’s critical to adopt some new traits that will help you become a boss that shows excellent leadership and management skills. Watch your head

10 Personality Traits of a Great Boss 

1. Honesty 

No one appreciates being lied to, especially by someone they look up to or who is in a leadership position. Be honest with your employees, even if the truth stings a bit.

2. Positive Thinking 

A lot of bosses have the tendency to think negatively and be pessimistic about the details. That method of leadership only leads to a negative atmosphere where fear is the driving force. Use the power of positive psychology to create a cheerful atmosphere.

3. Inspirational 

All employees need inspiration. Be that inspirational leader that encourages them to push past their limits and execute their passions.

4. Delegation 

You know when to leave your employees alone. Don’t be tempted by micromanagement.

5. Balanced 

It’s important to have a great work and life balance. Maintain one for yourself and allow employees to do the same.

6. Humble 

As a manager, you are there to help your team succeed. Give credit where credit is due and step out of the spotlight.  Read the rest of this entry »