The picture above provides context to my overall feeling of bad leadership. Whether tangled up with opportunistic thinking, faulty product creation, changing direction, mismanged funds, lack of employee support, as bad leaders we continue to push forward without seeing the danger ahead. Caught so much in the moment, leaders walk face first into the spider web of bad decisions. And caught we are, as we try to maneauver out of certain danger! But, on to the list:
The human resources blog by Susan Heathfield, had an all encompassing list that captured just about all the BAD of a bad leader...
- Love brownnosers, tattletales, and relatives who report to them. They choose favorite employees and cover up and make excuses for the poor work of their incompetent favorites. They ignore selected people and discriminate against many employees.
- Fail to communicate, and may not even have, expectations, timelines or goals. Bad bosses change their minds frequently leaving employees off-balance. Bad bosses change expectations and deadlines frequently.
- Use disciplinary measures inappropriately when simple, positive communication would correct the problem. Bad bosses ignore employees until there is a problem, then pounce.
- Speak loudly, rudely, one-sidedly to staff. Bad bosses don't provide the air time for staff to respond to accusations and comments. They intimidate people and bully staff. They allow other employees to bully employees.
- Take credit for the successes and positive accomplishments of employees. They are equally as quick to blame employees when something goes wrong.
- Fail to provide rewards or recognition for positive employee performance.
Thank you to http://www.flickr.com/photos/16339684@N00/2784622731/ for the great picture...