There is an axiom that job-seekers join great companies and leave because of bad bosses. One study reported that 80 percent of employees surveyed tagged their boss a lousy manager and almost 70 percent stated that their immediate superior had "no clue" what to do to become a good manager. In his book, Brutal Bosses and Their Prey, Harvey Hornstein, Ph.D., discusses the results of a survey he conducted of nearly 1,000 workers over eight years. He estimates that 90 percent of U.S. workers has been the target of abusive behavior at some point in their careers.
Hornstein lists the eight deadly sins bosses can commit:
He goes on to characterize brutal bosses as executioners, dehumanizes, blamers, rationalizers, conquerors, performers and manipulators, And many of them, sadly, are backed by their superiors or peers.
Being a good boss can be a challenge in todays workplace, but it is more important now than ever before. Once you attract great talent, you want to keep it, and how you interact with that talent will be a significant factor in retaining the people who will help your business grow and succeed at new levels.
Can you be a better boss? You can answer that question by looking in the work environment, in peoples faces, and in the results that get produced by your staff.
Go through the following list and check the statements that apply to you as a boss. Then test the accuracy of your perception by asking a trusted member of your staff to do the same exercise. How close are the results?
I follow through with what I tell my employees I am going to do.
I do not use conventional wisdom I use imagination.
I do no focus on the past or worry about the future, but focus on the present.
I always show my employees respect when I communicate with them.
I assist the people around me become more productive.
I am positive and always tell the truth.
I will not let a client or customer behave rudely to an employee.
I hire for character and train for skill.
I never compromise integrity.
I make sure that my employees understand the role they play.
I am not indifferent.
I respect my employees private space.
I treat my employees like a team not just like staff.
I make a life as well as a living.
I take responsibility for my mistakes.
I always make my employees futures better than their pasts.
Use these secrets for being a better boss to up your game. Where did you check something that your staff member didnt? Make those items a priority and do what you need to do for both lists to show checks. Once those items are taken care of, move on to the items that neither of you checked. The object of the exercise is to end up with a list with all checks.
When you are being and living the statements in this list of secrets, you will be among one of the best bosses on the planet. And it will show in your business. Lower turnover, higher profits, and a great place to workwho doesnt want that?