We have all been there at some point in our careers; dealing with bad managers and poor leaders. Here are some signs and traits of poor leaders, so you can see around the conference table that it is just not you.
2. Impatience – Bad leaders want everything done yesterday. Effective leaders understand that a good strategy takes time to implement, and that unrealistic deadlines hurt loyalty and focus, and possibly quality. Constantly demanding updates and pushing for progress creates unwelcome stress and frustration. The bad leader will also start to insist at this point that they will execute on initiatives being worked on by the team, further exacerbating morale and progress.
3. Insincerity – Insincerity undermines everything. Words that are spoken without conviction will cause more harm than good, and the perfunctory eye rolling amongst staff. Although positive feedback comes rarely with bad leaders, if at all, normally insincerity follows and is transparent to the staff.
4. Aggression – Bad leaders tend to be autocratic, and at worst, nothing short than corporate
bullies. There is no place for fear in the workplace, and yet it still persists in badly led companies and agencies as the primary weapon of the bad leader. Respect is lost, and yet still demanded by the bad leader.
5. False Expertise – Bad leaders take credit for the work and expertise of their staff. For meetings that involve clients or prospects, the bad leader will pretend to be an industry expert, constantly interrupting the real experts with trivial and non-value added commentary that distracts and frustrates the client or prospect. Worse case is the bad leader that says nothing, and then insists on making all the decisions without eliciting feedback from the team, or the client for that mater.
How do you deal with the bad leader? It will not be easy, as the bad leader is not open to criticism or feedback. However, effective managers and true leaders will find ways to make suggestions without violating trust or more importantly; ego. Hopefully you will find ways to work in the environment at hand, but most people slog through as dealing with low morale and abuse comes with the job. Of course, sometimes finding a new opportunity is really the only solution, which is comically seen by the bad leader as disloyalty, and not a reflection of their leadership. Good riddens! Indeed.