Bosses: the good, the bad, and the clueless
I’ve had good bosses, bad bosses, and at least one totally clueless boss. One of the best bosses I have had had really strong people skills. She understood the need to encourage and develop each member of her team. She knew how to build trust, and you always felt like she respected you as a professional.
Then there are the bad bosses. I have had several of those. One of the worst I ever had was totally self-focused. Everything he did had at its core how it would advantage him. He never admitted making a mistake. Would never admit any weakness. And you knew you should keep your mistakes and weaknesses to yourself or else this guy would take advantage of them.
The most clueless boss I remember working for very early in my career was a boss who had no idea that there are boundaries between personal and professional that must never be crossed. Did I trust this guy? Heck no! Was there a feeling of respect among the team? Sadly, no.
What Kind of Boss Are You?
To check yourself to be sure you aren’t being a horrible boss, here are three questions you can ask yourself and your team:
- Is there a strong level of trust within your team? (Do you admit your mistakes and weaknesses and make it OK for them to admit theirs?)
- Do your employees feel respected?
- Do you place importance on encouraging and developing each team member?
If you don’t get “yes” answers to question #1, stop there. You’ve got work to do and we can help. We work with managers and teams to get this fundamental right. When they do get it right, it makes an amazing difference to the team’s productivity and longevity, and to the company’s bottom line.