As a leadership development coach I have truly seen them all: great leaders and awful leaders. And while you are probably not on par with the worst I have ever encountered, you could still be the source of your employees’ lack of motivation.
One of the worst cases of “nightmare boss” I have ever encountered was a leader who, among other violations, measured performance based on what had been accomplished rather than what should have been accomplished. Even worse was that his only measurement system was his own financial net worth, which did not take into account the number of employees he lost as a result of his horrible management practices.
According to Topgrading by Bradford D. Smart, the cost of a poorly performing CEO is 24 times their base salary. Think about that while I detail the other things that make a horrible boss.
If you are guilty of one or more of these habits on a consistent basis, you are undoubtedly reducing organizational performance. In the end, it comes down to the values you project to others by your actions, not your words. Unfortunately, many leaders do not consistently display the values that drive top performance and in most cases are the cause of their “A” employees jumping ship.
Did you ever have a bad boss? If so what made them a bad boss?
Howard Shore is a leadership development coach who works with companies that need leadership development and strategic business coaching. Based in Miami, Florida, Howard’s firm, Activate Group, Inc. provides strategic planning and management coaching to businesses across the country. To learn more about leadership development coaching through AGI, please contact Howard at [phone link=”true”] or email him.