Why You’re a Bad Boss (and Everyone’s Afraid to Tell You)

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We can be really stupid leaders sometimes and that leads to being a bad boss. I can say this because I’ve done it. I still do it sometimes. I can be a bad boss and I bet you can too. Here’s how:

1. Focus on what your boss thinks of you more than what’s right for the organization.

2. Take the big, “important” projects for yourself rather than provide them as opportunities for the team.

3. Spend a lot of time “heads down” on your “work” rather than “heads up” with your team.

4. Talk too much

5. Listen too little

6. Assume

7. Ignore your instincts

8. Think of yourself too often

9. Think of your stakeholders too little

10. Forget that leadership is a call to serve, not an achievement to reach

Yep, it’s pretty easy to be a bad boss. When we don’t invest the time to think about what we’re doing as leaders, we slip back into boss mode. And boss mode is one small step away from, “Bad Boss” mode. The next time you think you might be slipping, step back and ask yourself, “am I a bad boss?”.

Question: What other ways do leaders become bad bosses?


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Ben Lichtenwalner

Ben Lichtenwalner is the founder and principal of Modern Servant Leader and Radiant Forest, LLC. He has studied and promoted servant leadership awareness and adoption for over 20 years. He is the author of 2 leadership books and has 2 decades of corporate management and leadership experience. His corporate experience spans CIO, VP, Director, and many management roles at Fortune 500, INC 500, and Nonprofits. Ben’s education includes a B.S. in Management Science & Information Systems from Penn State University and an MBA from Lehigh University. Ben's Full Profile Here: About Ben Lichtenwalner

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