As you made your way in the corporate world, before you got to where you are now, it is probable you experienced a supervisor or manager that didn’t have the qualities they should have. Whether lacking in leadership, knowledge or understanding, the type of supervisor you have can make or break your job.
Being in a position of leadership, it’s important to remember the faults and negative qualities a prior manager or supervisor had, and use them to be the opposite. Below are a few examples of a boss you don’t want to be and how to avoid becoming that way.
An inexperienced boss
This can affect the workplace tremendously. As a leader, your employees look to you for guidance, support and knowledge. Not knowing the ins and outs of your job, how the company operates or lacking in managerial experience could result in a loss of employees, quick personnel turnaround and negative feedback in regards to your job performance. If you’ve never held a leadership role, check into books about being a leader, attend seminars. Doing some research to better yourself will keep your employees trusting you.
It is truly a waste of time to constantly monitor your employees. Of course, you want them to know they are being supervised, but picking apart and instructing in every aspect of your employees job will only make them dislike you and their position. Show them you trust them. Let them know your door is always open if they have questions. They wouldn’t have been hired if they didn’t know how to do the job they were interviewing for, right? Trust in your employees and they will trust you.
The spotlight boss
Nobody likes a big ego. Having a supervisor or manager that always takes credit for the work their team does will bring down morale. Keeping your employees motivated with recognition when they perform well or complete a task that exceeds expectations is a great way to keep a positive vibe in the workplace. Don’t take all the credit. Put the spotlight on your team and make sure they are recognized for great work. In turn, you will be seen as a leader with a great team.
A negative Nancy
A leader with a negative attitude will result in negative performances. Make sure your employees receive constructive criticism when it’s necessary, but also be sure to throw in something positive. Your employees will accept the negative feedback and work harder to receive more positive remarks. You are supposed to encourage your employees growth in their position, not bring them down.
Leadership is important in the workplace. Knowing qualities to avoid and how to handle situations will keep you in a positive light with your employees or it will go south very quickly. Think of your prior supervisors and take their positive aspects and make them your own. Utilize the resources available such as books, blogs and other individuals that hold a similar role to grow as a leader. There is always room for improvement.