4 bad habits most nightmare bosses don’t know they have

ManagementThe longer you manage people, the more ingrained some habits get to be.

Now that’s great if they happen to be good habits, like the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Who wouldn’t want that?

But that’s not usually the case. People tend to fall into bad habits, and one of the problems of bad habits in managers is that the manager is the only person who doesn’t notice it.

But the staff does! While some bad habits are just a nuisance, others can be hell.

Here are four bad habits of nightmare bosses that drive good staff away.

I Dare You
You take control of all decisions

Some managers tend to dictate how everything around them is done as a matter of convenience. It begins very innocently as a way of staying on top of things. But it gets worse.

Managers who progress into full-blown control freaks are terrified of failure, particularly their own. They worry about not being respected and they have an oversized distrust in the ability of others to do what they ask of them.

The control freak cannot trust that anyone is capable of doing a job as well as them (which really doesn’t say much for their hiring skills, does it?)

You take credit for other’s work

This is actually an easy habit to slip into, especially when the person whose work you are claiming responsibility for isn’t around to know you’re doing it.

Your own boss says to you, “Great job on this,” and you smile, say thanks and keep moving.

Power grabs happen in every business environment because the system is simply set up for competition. Studies cite more than half of all employees say someone else took credit for their work.

You expect others to follow, right or wrong

Sometimes loyalty to family or close friends can require a blind allegiance. You support them for who they are and what they mean to you, in spite of what they might have done.

But managers really have no reason to expect that same level of faithfulness.

Still, many do.

For the employee, being loyal to your boss doesn’t mean covering for mistakes or being deceptive in some way. And it has nothing to do with length of service.

Loyalty means supporting your employer’s larger goals and objectives through your own work contributions. A loyal employee speaks up when appropriate. They praise their peers and tell you what you least want to hear.

You have all the answers

The know-it-all is on everyone’s Top 10 list of bad bosses. Here’s why:

  1. They have an inflated opinion of themselves.
  2. They are famous for exaggerating
  3. They always interrupt.
  4. They can’t be counted on to make solid decisions.
  5. They are rarely open to new ideas.
  6. They take no accountability for things that go wrong.

A good rule to live – and manage by: “It is what we learn after we know it all that really counts.” The key to success is to never stop learning. The key to failure is to think you know it all.

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