You can learn to lead by working with a good mentor to learn the right way to do things but you can also gain valuable experience from a bosshole rating scale by learning what not to do. The key is knowing who is who. It is important that you learn how to become a good leader. You will need these leadership skills to be good at any career you choose.
You can be fortunate enough to work with a great manager or coach who will show you the right way to do things or you can be stuck with a workplace bully. In that case you learn what not to do by watching how this knucklehead harrasses people and destroys the performance of their team. You can rate your current or former boss using the free Rating Your Boss tool available on this website. With this tool you can rate a current or former boss or even yourself to find out where you place on the scale from a great boss on one end of the spectrum to a complete bosshole on the other end. Given that rating then you will know whether to copy what they do or whether to do the exact opposite.
You can not always control who you work for. Sometimes the boss you like may move, retire or get promoted to a new position and the weasel that takes over turns out to be a real jerk. But you can’t complain and whine about things you can’t control. You need to identify whether this person is a bad boss or just misguided. If he or she is misguided you can help teach him what it takes to become a good leader. But if they are a complete BossHole then you need to know so you can make a different sort of plan. In one case you will want to stay and help the company improve in the other case you may want to find a different place to work. But just know that you can’t control what happens to you but you can control how you react. Think of your time with a Bad boss as a great opportunity to learn what not to do. Although I probably wouldn’t tell your manager that during your annual review.
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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.