Following the leader only works if the leader is reliable and is actually going somewhere. Remember the old proverb, "If you think you're leading but no one is following, you're just taking a walk?" That is true in modern leadership too! If you've noticed that the boss isn't up to snuff, that he might be a bad boss. Check for these seven signs of substandard leadership. It might be time to look for a new job.
Public reprimands: Reprimands happen; that's just a part of business. However, they shouldn't be delivered in public, humiliating employees and embarrassing onlookers. This is a tell-tale sign that she's not good at leading.
Makes you a scapegoat: When something goes wrong, like he forgot to load the PowerPoint for an important presentation, the boss blames you. Competent leaders take ownership of mistakes, not just victories.
Forgets evaluations: When evaluations are postponed or completely forgotten, he's not only inconsiderate, he's a bad boss. Most companies rely on evaluations for pay raises. That's not cool!
Delegates her workload: She's the manager but she wants you to do some of her duties. She says, "It's for training!" You shouldn't always believe her. Transitional training comes after the promotion, not before.
Closes his door: A smart boss keeps his door open for employees that have a problem or even solutions and ideas. Managers who don't care about what their people think make lousy bosses.
Ignores emails and calls: In the business world, phone calls and emails should be returned within the workday. If he's ignoring correspondence, he's not a good leader.
Talks about other leaders: Here's a true hallmark of leadership, solidarity. If he'd rather run down another leader, especially in front of his staff, he's a poor leader. Bad leaders don't respect others and like making themselves feel more important by putting others down.
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