Liz Ryan lays out six things that real leaders don't do (although plenty of fake and fearful managers do these things every day). Is your manager a real leader or a fake and fearful one? How about you?
The best bosses I ever had were those who saw their job as making my job easier and more productive.
The CEO of a leadership development and training company offers tips on confronting and hopefully curbing the volatility with a toxic employee.
Here's an important insight. In a survey, 80 percent of respondents felt their organizations are somewhat or extremely tolerant of toxic employees. The survey also showed that only 40 percent of managers would get rid of a toxic employee.
A Gallup survey from last year found that only one in 10 bosses in America has any native talent for management, and only another two in ten could be good managers with a little training and support.
Those who are bad bosses frequently are unaware of that fact. Lacking self-awareness and without skills in reading their impact on others, they are characteristically oblivious to their negative impact.
CEO of a leadership and training company speaks about points revealed from a survey on toxic employees and adds examples from her own experiences.
It is an open question whether there is more or less toxicity in different professional contexts. Nurses reportedly experience a high degree of abusive supervision, and there seems to be anecdotal evidence that destructive leadership is fairly common in the financial services sector. There just isn't enough data to say one way or the other at this point. Dissertation subject anyone?
There are some long-term benefits to having worked for a human blowtorch. You learn what not to do and you tend to build up some interpersonal calluses. That's not a bad thing, but it is a painful way to learn.
If you're not hiring or brewing toxic leaders, the next question you must answer is, “What do we do with a toxic leader who is already ‘dug in’?”
Coaching is certainly work a try. We owe it to toxic leaders to at least try to modify their behavior, but don't spend too much time and effort. If they don't respond, move them on to another endeavor.
A really good buddy of mine got me thinking about something he said one day: “Be a professional, this is the key to being a great person and great success.” […] The post On Leadership, Appearance and Being Professional appeared first on Linked 2...
I am continually amazed by the number of people who do not seem to grasp the importance of dressing professionally. There is a place for your individuality and expression, but if you want a job, clean yourself up and dress the part.
Kellogg Insight How to Handle a Bad Boss Kellogg Insight Of all the annoyances the workday can entail—that too-early alarm, rush hour traffic, late nights stuck at your desk on deadline—having a bad boss can be the most insidious.
I find it gratifying when focus turns to what we can do when we are dealt a bad hand in terms of immediate supervisors. You can't always control your boss, but you can control how you react to your boss.
When Gen. Stanley McCrystal took charge of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Task Force in 2003, he recognized that traditional tactics of warfare were failing in Iraq.
Learning goes both ways. Companies can learn from the military and the military can learn a great deal from companies. Beware overlaying a military template over nonmilitary organizations. Modification to context is often required.
These rules aren't keeping your team in line; they're making them less productive.
1 Smart rule that makes employees more productive: Don't do stupid things because of a rule. One of the most valuable things a manager can do for their team is to identify and eliminate or modify stupid rules.
No matter how good your leadership, your team, and your plan, sooner or later you're bound to run into some kind of trouble. When it happens, successful leaders are ready to bring everything back into line.
When frustrated by the actions of someone who reports to you, it might be helpful to remind yourself that they didn't get up that morning with the intention of ruining your day.
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