Five Ways to Tell a BossHole from a Good Boss

Just because your boss does something that you don’t like doesn’t mean that she is evil. There can be a lot of valid leadership skills, bossholereasons why certain decisions get made and why those decisions may not be ones that you as the employee would make. In the normal course of events nobody agrees with everything that a boss does. But a BossHole is something different than that.

A BossHole is that person who sucks the joy, life, energy and enthusiasm out of your organization. The BossHole Effect is what happens to a company run by a bad boss. Good people join good companies but quit bad managers. The BossHole managers are those people who make good people want to quit even though they like the company. Here are five ways you can tell the difference between a BossHole and a good boss who is occasionally annoying.

  1. When a good boss does something stupid she will acknowledge the screw-up, apologize for her error and fix it. BossHoles never think anything is their fault and they never apologize.

  2. Good bosses normally ask you to do something for them and only occasionally tell you what to do. BossHoles never ask, they always tell. And they demand that you to stop whatever you are doing to get it done for them.

  3. Good bosses only hold meetings when they are necessary to move the team effort forward. Bad bosses hold meetings all the time so they can hear themselves speak.

  4. Good bosses’ immediately correct poor performance in an employee before it has a chance to get out of hand. A BossHole ignores poor performance until it festers and becomes such a big deal that she has to belittle and demean someone in front of their peers.

  5. A good boss knows that good people occasionally do bad things and need to be given a break. A BossHole thinks that all employees need to be micromanaged for them to be useful.

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Greg L Alston

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 subscribe to his blog or view his YouTube Channel.

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