Bad leadership is exactly what is keeping our economy from thriving. This negative energy is not only coming from bad legislation but stupid bosses. Far too many bosses are clueless when it comes to knowing how to build a successful championship caliber team, especially new bosses who are making it up as they go along. These bad bosses create more problems than they solve. I originally wrote this post for my friends at Ebosswatch.com but I am reposting the article here because it is such an important subject.
The Bosshole Effect is the ability of a lousy boss to suck the life, energy and enthusiasm out of his team or organization. They usually do this through a combination of ignorance, disrespect, and arrogance. If you have ever worked for a boss that has just made you so angry that you want to scream then you know exactly what I mean.
A bosshole is that kind of boss who does not believe that your input is valuable. A bosshole is the kind of leader who tells everybody what to do rather than asking for their assistance. A bosshole is the kind of manager who micro manages every detail of your job and then gets mad at you when it doesn’t work. And a BossHole is that kind of supervisor who disrespects your time by scheduling countless meetings that take up all of your available workweek, but then gets mad at you when you don’t make deadline.
There are really only three things that are supremely important to all employees. These three issues will determine whether in organization enjoys long-term success. Every employee wants:
To know that the job they are doing is important and needs to be done.
To feel like they do the job very well and can take pride in their work.
To know that the leadership of the organization appreciates what they do to help the company achieve its mission.
Good bosses understand that their employees are key stakeholders in the success of the business. Boss holes see employees as a disposable resource. Far too many companies are run by boss holes. But there is something you can do to protect yourself from falling prey to these knuckleheads.
Learn to identify bosshole behavior and distinguish it from the normal range of human performance. You can do this easily by using the free bosshole rating tools available on my website or just Google “BossHole Rating Tool”
Develop your leadership skills so that you can take over when the bosshole gets fired or demoted. Sometimes the only remedy for bad leadership is to remove it from the organization. But somebody has to be the boss so get ready for it to be you.
You need to be sure that you don’t practice bosshole behavior or allow any of your friends to do so. Only when the peer pressure from good people becomes relentless will the bossholes of the world relent.
And remember, Friends don’t let friends become boss holes and friends don’t let friends work for boss holes either.
Since 1977 the author, Dr. Greg L. Alston has owned and operated a variety of businesses, worked for hundreds of bosses and supervised thousands of employees. His no nonsense approach and clear informal teaching style will teach you how to Coach others, Command respect, and Create an environment in which your team can thrive.
Leadership is not a personality trait, it is a way of acting. Great leaders build great teams. Great teams achieve great things. The call to leadership is a call to action and this action begins when you buy the book, subscribe to the blog or view the YouTube Channel. Use Greg’s free tools to Rate Your Boss or Rate Yourself as a Boss.