Guest post by Dr. Greg L. Alston
Far too many bosses are clueless when it comes to knowing how to build a successful championship caliber team. These bad bosses create more problems than they solve. The pages of eBossWatch are full of examples of managers and bosses who have earned substantial fines and penalties for illegal behavior. But that is not what I want to talk about today. Clearly sexual harassment and workplace discrimination are illegal and should not be tolerated. But a larger threat to all employees is what I call The Bosshole Effect.
The Bosshole Effect is the ability of a lousy boss to suck the life, energy and enthusiasm out of his team or organization. They usually do this through a combination of ignorance, disrespect, and arrogance. If you have ever worked for a boss that has just made you so angry that you want to scream then you know exactly what I mean.
A bosshole is that kind of boss who does not believe that your input is valuable. A bosshole is the kind of leader who tells everybody what to do rather than asking for their assistance. A bosshole is the kind of manager who micro manages every detail of your job and then gets mad at you when it doesn’t work. And a bosshole is that kind of supervisor who disrespects your time by scheduling countless meetings that take up all of your available workweek, but then gets mad at you when you don’t make deadline.
There are really only three things that are supremely important to all employees. These three issues will determine whether in organization enjoys long-term success. Every employee wants:
- To know that the job they are doing is important and needs to be done.
- To feel like they do the job very well and can take pride in their work.
- To know that the leadership of the organization appreciates what they do to help the company achieve its mission.
Good bosses understand that their employees are key stakeholders in the success of the business. Bossholes see employees as a disposable resource. Far too many companies are run by bossholes. But there is something you can do to protect yourself from falling prey to these knuckleheads.
- Learn to identify bosshole behavior and distinguish it from the normal range of human performance. You can do this easily by using the free bosshole rating tools available on my website or just Google “Bosshole Rating Tool”
- Develop your leadership skills so that you can take over when the bosshole gets fired or demoted. Sometimes the only remedy for bad leadership is to remove it from the organization. But somebody has to be the boss so get ready for it to be you.
- You need to be sure that you don’t practice bosshole behavior or allow any of your friends to do so. Only when the peer pressure from good people becomes relentless will the bossholes of the world relent.
And remember, Friends don’t let friends become bossholes and friends don’t let friends work for bossholes either.
Dr. Greg L. Alston is a pharmacist, professor and author of, The BossHole Effect, Three simple steps anyone can follow to become a great boss and lead a successful team.