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Are You a Bad Boss? 5 Ways to Tell.

I remember receiving my first formal feedback from my team as a first-time manager and being shocked. They thought I was a bad boss. Not a single leader ever starts out that way, but over time, it can happen. No one wants to be a bad boss, but it is actually easier to become one than you think (and you may never even know it!)

Are you a bad boss? See our top 5 ways to tell.

1.  You feel sometimes you must threaten people to actually get things done

You always rely on the stick more than the carrot because for your impatient management style, this is what seems to work. In fact, it sometimes makes you feel good to tell people what to do or face the consequences.

How to stop being a bad boss:

Always try the carrot first with an incentive the person truly values . Offer a reward for a job well done rather than a punishment to see if you can get equal or better results.

2.  No one ever has feedback for you

At first, this may seem acceptable based on your leadership skills. However, if no one ever gives you feedback, then they are primarily reacting to you out of fear which may create employees, but not a team.

How to stop being a bad boss

Have a third-party service ask for anonymous input from your team so you get real results with no possibility of reprisal. Take the results seriously and seek a coach for help on how to change your actions.

3.  You don't take criticism well

Your feelings get easily hurt and you can get angry or defensive quickly. Most of the time, you don't want to hear it.

How to stop being a bad boss

Begin to frame criticism as suggestions to improve a business outcome, not a personal attack. This will put you in a better and more objective place to actually hear the feedback and act constructively on it.

4.  Everyone around seems to agree with you

There is never disagreement about any decisions you make or what you do. You are surrounded by “yes men”.

How to stop being a bad boss

Hire a person that has a complementary but different point of view. Tell them their job at the start will be to always disagree with you and broaden your perspective.

5.  You are at the center of every good decision at your company

If fact, you are typically the smartest person in the room. Many business owners hire people less skilled than themselves, so not to challenge their egos.

How to stop being a bad boss

Start to hire someone that you know is smarter and more skilled then you and let them make some independent decisions.

About the author

Barry Moltz helps small businesses get unstuck. He applies simple, strategic steps to facilitate change. Barry has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 20 years. He is a small business speaker, radio host and author of four books. As a member of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, he has spoken to audiences of up to 20,000 people. He is a regular guest on business radio and cable TV programming.