Are you too high-maintenance?
If you want to keep the respect and affection of the people you lead, stay alert to the signs that you’re becoming a high-maintenance boss:
- You ask them to “remind” you about something, as if you’re too busy thinking of “important” things to be bothered.
- You waste their time. Example: Accepting phone calls—important or not—while you’re meeting with them.
- You expect other people to adhere to standards that you don’t adhere to.
- You delegate inappropriate tasks. Example: “Please pick up my husband’s suit at the cleaners this afternoon. I don’t have time.”
- You operate from a basis of ignorance. Example: “I don’t really understand this issue, but I think you still have more work to do on it.”