Kathleen Brush, a 25-year veteran of international business and author of The Power of One: You’re the Boss, warns managers at all levels to avoid being one of these terrible bosses:
- The unethical boss. When supervisors break the rules, cheat, lie or indulge in immoral behaviors, employees completely lose respect for them. Without employees’ respect, you simply cannot lead them. Plus, unethical bosses encourage employees to cheat, lie and break the rules too.
- The “fair” boss. The push for equality makes too many bosses offer all employees the same rewards out of “fairness.” However, true fairness is paying people what they are worth and rewarding them based on merit and effort. If you treat everyone the same regardless of their output, no one will go the extra mile.
- The buddy boss. You just can’t be friends with employees. It is hard for you to maintain your authority when you are buddy-buddy with a staffer. In addition, other employees may accuse you of favoritism if you treat a friend differently from everyone else.
- The disorganized boss. If you can’t plan accordingly, explain your strategy and guide your employees to follow through with that strategy, they will be incapable of meeting your expectations. You have to get it together so that your employees can follow suit.
— Adapted from “Is YourHurting the Bottom Line?” Kathleen Brush, www.kathleenbrush.com.