Why Your Employees Think You’re a Bad Leader (and what to do about it)


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Most of us have experienced the annoyance of a ‘bad’ boss. But now that you’re a manager, your employees certainly don’t think that way about you, right? Right?? Does any of this sound familiar?

Employees often express frustration with leaders who:

  • Don’t listen to new ideas
  • Don’t communicate openly about issues in the workplace
  • Don’t give feedback at all or do so in a negative manner

If you think any of these might apply to you, learn to be a better leader by focusing on incrementally improving your leadership abilities.

The first step is to undertake a self-analysis to identify the weaker areas of leadership in your skill set. From there, a management or leadership development course, executive coaching, or peer mentorship group can help guide the way and connect you with other professionals to form a support network.

Based on these common complaints from employees, focus on improvement in:

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Collaborating with employees for innovative change

Improving in these skill areas can help improve leadership and influence, allowing you to cultivate an innovative environment for workplace improvements, be constructive in feedback and work review processes, and establish trust and rapport with employees across your team.

Keep taking incremental steps and soon you’ll be a leader that your employees love working with. If you’d like some help on the journey, please contact me.

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