Are You a Bad Boss? 3 Things You Do That Make Employees Angry

Posted by on Monday, December 3rd, 2012 with 0 Comments

Avoid being a bad boss with better leadership skills

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Yes, you! No one likes to hear about their flaws.  Just think about how many employee reviews you’ve given where you could practically gauge the tension in the room as soon as you got to the opportunities section of your review.

Well, executive coaching, isn’t just about performing more successfully on the job – it’s also about being the best you.  It’s our goal to help you focus on making the most of your qualities – good and bad – to lead your employees into greatness.

You won’t get your hands dirty.
If you walk by the stapler to ask your assistant to staple a document for you, you’re probably guilty of this. The most successful quality in most leaders? They will do anything they ask their employees to do themselves.

While you may feel you’ve put in your due or done your time in your younger years, people are more encouraged to follow people who are willing to do the job themselves.  It makes you a better boss to simply pick up the broom and show an employee how to sweep than simply telling someone how to sweep.

I’m going to add something here: if you dress impractically for the job that needs to be done, you’re probably guilty of this.  Once, a leasing agent came into my apartment teetering on 4″ heels to take a look under my stove for a pilot light problem. She had on a skirt, too.

While you might be imagining my shame and surprise, it was quite interesting to me that the manager of a team of maintenance men had the gall to dress this way for work.  You cannot encourage your people to act in a certain way if you, yourself, will not take those actions.

Survey of Employee Satisfaction

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You flaunt your socio-economic status.
If you make it a point to roar up to the office in your BMW M3, then saunter in chatting about your brand new iPhone, you should be prepared for some degree of backlash from your team.  Yes, you’ve earned certain statuses of your success.  You deserve the right to enjoy them – just don’t do it in an egotistical manner.

Your modesty over your success is the true demarcation of a good leader.  When you make it a point to gently remind those around you of how hard you’ve worked, just like them, to achieve your success, you become an elevated status symbol.

Along the same vein, don’t be too forthcoming with the vacations you’ve taken, the golf you’ve played or the fancy restaurants you’ve enjoyed.  Your socio-economic status, while deserved, can present contention to employees who could never even imagine staying at the Hilton in Paris for the weekend.

You don’t reward good behavior – but chastise poor behavior.
To all things, there is a balance.  If you call flaws into light, you should also call positive qualities into the light. Your employees want to know when they’re doing a good job. They need to be told this directly – by you.


Keep in mind that every person likes to be rewarded differently. Some will expect an action such as getting a day off.   Others need to hear the words in front of their colleagues. A few will prefer you discreetly email them so they can read the words.  Just like in romantic relationships, you have to foster the feelings of your team.

measuring employee satisfaction

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Now, we’ve all had a boss who constantly complained.  You may have seen sales presentations where they used icons like smiley and sad faces to denote what you were doing well vs. what you were doing poorly.  Do you remember how being told you weren’t doing something well affected you?

It’s the same for your employees.  When you recognized the negative without balancing it with the positive, you make your team feel undervalued and overworked.  Recognize how you can keep the balance in your daily management.
Larry Seal is an experienced Executive Coach, Facilitator, and Speaker with over 20 years experience working with senior and executive level teams. For executive coaching needs, corporate development and improved leadership skills, contact Larry Seal today!

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