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Avoid Turning Into a Bad Boss

Being a boss is a great responsibility. It's been found out that, after gaining a promotion, recent employees tend to enjoy themselves as leaders too much and forget about their subordinates' needs. They also forget about what sort of behavior they used to dislike about their previous boss and adopt the same behavioral schemes. Actually, surveys have shown thatemployees start considering their boss a bad boss for a set of reasons. These reasons are universal, they do not depend on a workplace itself, and this fact makes all bad bosses similar in a way. So, it's been found out that a bad boss is the one who:


  • encourages hypocrisy and gossip in the workplace, surrounds himself / herself with sneak-ups.

  • encourages favoritism. Can not assess other people's work fairly. Lets their favorites do poor job and finds faults with others making them overwork.

  • has got poor communication skills. Can not set clear goals, changes their expectations and demands several times per day. Sets unreasonable deadlines.

  • does not want to sort out problems. Takes disciplinary actions. Punishes employees severely when just a conversation could be enough. Does not really know employees and is not trying to establish favorable relationships with them.

  • is a bully who treats employees as targets, does not prevent it when one employee starts bullying another. Speaks in a rude manner, can yell at employees, is not intended to listen to other people's opinions or any arguments.

  • blames employees on his / her own faults and awards himself / herself for success of others.

  • does not provide any feedback to employees, does not reward them for great performance.

  • lacks skills and professionalism. Has obtained this high position by chance or for unknown reasons.

  • finds fault with employees. If an employee made a mistake long ago, reminds him / her about it afterwards.

  • does not accept any disagreement or fair criticism. Is greatly envious of other employees' bright and creative ideas. He / she feels that smart employees threaten his / her well-being, as a result, he / she is trying to suppress them.

  • is dishonest, goes back on his / her words and finds nothing wrong in it.

  • lacks problem-solving experience and interpersonal skills, that's why he / she ignores tough situations at work, doing nothing to get rid of existing problems.

  • encourages controversy and arguments between employees.