You’re a #girlboss, but are you a #badboss? I’ve had my share of bad bosses throughout my life and trust me, they are no fun at all. You probably had this same experience once or thrice, but (GASP), could you possess one of these qualities that may characterize you as, dare I say it, a bad #girlboss/#boyboss?
Constantly looking over your employees shoulders? You may just be a micromanager. If you have a good employee that has the qualities necessary to do the job you hired them for, then trust is a huge factor. Everyone works in their own ways; ways in which they feel comfortable to be able to do their job. You hired them for a reason, so let them perform and give their best work to the company. When I was being micromanaged, I felt so much pressure and stress that I actually heard the dead-woman-walking theme song in my head as I made my way to my desk every morning. She never let me do my job the way I needed to, it had to be the way she would do it. My way was always wrong, and the criticism was definitely not constructive, it was almost as if she thrived from seeing me squirm, some type of power trip or controlling behavior was definitely at play here. The work was great and it was exactly what I love to do, but in the end, working with the micromanager took its toll.
The Indecisive Boss
In business as in life, we are allowed to change our minds, but when it’s done so often that it’s actually hurting the brand that you’re trying to build and the relationships with the professionals you hire, then there’s a problem. When making a business decision, stick to it. Don’t drive the people that work for you crazy by constantly changing your mind. Not only are your branding efforts being compromised, but you’re never going to have a solid team that will care about your brand. With this type of boss, tasks that shouldn’t take a lot of time end up not ever being completed or done wrong due to lack of direction and decision-making. A difficult boss is a bad boss.
The Scatter Brain
This boss never knows what’s going on, never follows through with projects or keeps an organized environment for their business. When you’re working in chaos, and in a manner in which you want to get things done quickly, not right; then you can almost certainly expect failure. In my experience, this boss was never in-tune with what was happening in her business and made it extremely difficult to keep a well-run operation, not to mention she never took accountability for her bad decisions and always blamed others (usually her employees) for her impeding failures. A good boss knows when to admit they’re wrong and try a different strategy. Your employees are there to work, not to be blamed for your mistakes.
The Drama Queen
When a boss doesn’t separate the drama in her life with her professional culture, most often than not, respect is lost. Years ago I had a boss that was going through a very difficult divorce, I felt badly for her situation, but I wasn’t there to be her therapist, I was there to be her employee and get work done. She was known among the people she hired as a drama magnet who thrived on re-telling her stories and venting uncontrollably to her employees. I spent so much time catering to her emotional needs that doing my job often took a back seat. This unfortunately lead to a too comfortable relationship between boss and employee to the point that she began to treat me like one of her daughters and scolded me in a truly unprofessional manner. I ultimately had to part ways with her even though I very much enjoyed the job.
When a boss doesn’t have a mind of her own and is being controlled by an employee who essentially is making the decisions for her, then that’s bad news bears. In a corporate setting, a former boss of mine could have quite possibly had puppet strings coming out of her limbs and the puppeteer was an employee who called all the shots in a way in which made my boss feel like she was making the decisions. The manipulation was real folks. It was truly amazing sitting in meetings and watching it happen right before my eyes. At first this phenomenon goes unnoticed by the naked eye, but when my ideas were never good ones and my co-worker was either taking credit for mine or using hers and making decisions my boss should have been making, things definitely got weird. A good boss believes in their decisions and actually makes them; do not allow your employees to run your business, they’re there to assist you and build it, not run it.
Creating an image for a brand can be a very meticulous process, something you should be proud of and something you should call your own. When a boss is constantly biting ideas from the competition, they lose themselves in branding limbo. Checking in on what your competitors are up to is a good business practice, but copying and wanting to be your competition will show and your clientele will just be confused because you’re not actually being authentic. This goes back to keeping order, not being a scatter brain and making decisions you will stick with.
Do you see some of these qualities in yourself? It’s not too late to change up your bossness. Respect your employees and they’ll respect you back, be true to your brand and your clientele will follow your lead and please oh please keep your personal life to yourself, I don’t need to know you spent the night at the caterer’s house and what you two did.
Keep it professional.
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