Difficult bosses: 10 Signs you might be one of them (Part 1)

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In my many years of working with clients both from private and corporate organizations, I have met with many horrible bosses. I have offered some training for them. Some have migrated from being bad to good, while some I feel are yet to do so.  Some don’t
even believe they have traits of a bad boss.
 In Nigerian marketplace for example, I have carried out an investigative research on most companies, and came to the conclusion that over 65% of employees have bad bosses, and the number seem to come more from the female folk.

The question in this piece is ‘are you one of them? You may not be a regular reader of my blog www.emotionalzone.com, or may not be following my piece on the social media space. But, there is a probability that you have bad management traits that could be enhanced. If you are a control freak, you should improve on it, because it is a bad sign.

What are the qualities of horrible bosses? Here are top 10 signs you might be one of them.

1.      Blames the team for mistakes
Good bosses take responsibility for anything that goes wrong under their watch. They admit their mistakes, prepares their team members well so as to achieve the organizational goals.
I have seen many bosses, who keep on blaming their teams for anything that goes wrong in the organization; in fact some are so myopic that they don’t appreciate their team even when they achieve success for their organizations. 
Once there is a success, they take the glory, but if there is any issue, they will look out for a team member to victimize- that’s one sign of a horrible boss. They erroneously feel that by victimizing a team member, that they have exonerated themselves from the mistakes.
2.      Too proud to apologize
A horrible boss doesn’t apologize. He/ she sees himself as a demigod or demigoddess that won’t make mistake and/ or capable of not making any mistake. Some of them don’t think it is proper to apologize, because when they do so, they feel it is a sign of
Weakness, and might make their team to start questioning their leadership capacity.

But, this is absolutely wrong, when you apologize for errors; you are building trust in the organization. You are removing every iota of doubt, and showcasing your true transparent nature. For example, when my staff sees that I apologize for an error I have done, it will inspire them that they are working in an honest environment.

It will be a motivating nugget for them to do same when things are wrong. For the fact that I am a leader in an organization doesn’t mean that I can’t make a mistake. It is not a matter of making mistakes; instead it is a matter of apologizing for mistakes made, and learning from them.

Nobody can avoid making mistakes in an organization, bosses inclusive. If you make one, the best thing is to learn from it, and never to feel you shouldn’t apologize, that is completely a bad sign.

3.      Clueless bosses
Bosses are role models to their team members. In my over 7 years of writing, business consulting and newest leadership consulting services, I have worked with bosses who don’t even know the job description of their team members.

Nemo dat quod non habet, (nobody gives what he doesn’t have). If you don’t know the job description of your subordinates, you won’t be in a better position to advice them.

As a good manager of human capital resources, you should have an interest in the job they do, so that you can offer priceless advice in cases of an emergency. As a boss, you may not necessarily be an expert in every field, but you are expected to know something in every field, by this way, you will be in a better position to advice them.

4.      Dramatic bosses
If you are a dramatic boss, or you like dramatic lifestyle in your office, then you are a horrible boss. It is obvious that every office has an imprint of drama life, but as a boss, your job should be to come in and handle the situation, never to aggravate it. Some bosses are so bad that they thrive when there are issues in the organization. What do you gain when your colleagues are in loggerheads with each other?

5.      Bosses that don’t respect personal boundaries

Some bosses can really be restive and too trying. Although, some of them may be working round the clock and they expect their employees to do same- some employees may love it, but don’t even every employee to do same.

Some employees succumb working with their bosses even at odd hours, simply because they don’t want to lose their jobs, not necessarily that they love doing same. As a smart boss, you should be able to filter this, and treat them with high respect. Nobody deserves to be treated in a non-dignifying manner.

 A bad boss doesn’t respect their employees personal time, in fact they don’t even believe that an employee have a life outside the office. Once the working hour is over, they will continue making calls to the employees, disturbing their private time even on issues that can be discussed the next day in the office.

I have seen a good number of employees complain over this, and it becomes an issue- some were even fired or queried for ever daring to ask why they are been disturbed during their private time. Some of these bad bosses have also wondered why an employee would even complain since he/she is being paid salary.

 Be properly guided that you are paying your employees for the work they do at the office, and extra time as the case maybe, but not their private time.


To be continued!


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