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Good Boss vs Bad Boss: Which One Are You?

The harrowing statistics are in. Half of adult employees have left a job due to poor management. If you’re a boss, has this or could this apply to you? Any successful leader takes the time to reflect on his or her strengths and weaknesses. It goes without saying that it’s important to assess how well you’re doing in your important role. Feeling unsure whether you’re truly a good boss vs bad boss? Let’s get into some of the key differences!

The Differences of a Good Boss Vs Bad Boss

Employee Expectations

A good boss gives his or her employees the benefit of the doubt. These bosses stick behind their team and assume that everyone is trying to do what’s best for the company. They are willing to accept mistakes as part of the process. Best of all, they communicate clearly and openly with the team. On the other hand, a bad boss is skeptical. He or she may assume that employees are trying to take shortcuts or undermine the company. Rather than take errors in stride, these bosses are quick to punish or blame employees for mistakes. Their communication may be passive, aggressive, or just generally unclear.

Managing Employees

Generally speaking, good bosses trust themselves and trust the employees they supervise. There is less of a micro-managing feel and more of a general comradeship among the workplace. A bad boss is suspicious or uncertain about his or her team. These bosses feel that they need to constantly monitor or even hover over their team. They feel a sense of dread or anxiety when they cannot oversee what someone is doing. They use threats, rather than praise, to assure things are done in a satisfactory way.

Flexibility and Openness

A good boss wants an enjoyable and cohesive workplace. These bosses want loyal and happy employees! They work with the team to accommodate scheduling needs. They check in to make sure their projects are appropriately challenging without being overwhelming. They do their best to take care of the well-being of their employees. These bosses are approachable and welcoming. Bad bosses have unrealistic and even rigid expectations. They can be punitive in demands and expect employees to go above and beyond their work abilities. Rather than feeling encouraged to confide in their bosses, employees often feel unsafe discussing their concerns.

Leading By Example

A good boss contributes to the team! When the going gets tough, they are in the trenches helping, rather than observing. They can train new people and they can help assist with any role when needed. A bad boss will sit back. He or she will put even more pressure on the employee to perform. These bosses may think they are “above” doing certain kind of work, and they will refuse to help out even when it will benefit the company as a whole. It’s important to identify where you stand in your leadership abilities. Whether you are a good boss vs bad boss, or somewhere in the middle, professional growth is always possible!