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Four Scary Management Styles And How to Avoid Them

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Management StyleThe right manager can motivate workers and challenge them to do their very best on the job. A terrible manager, however, can cause a work environment to feel like a nightmare. According to a 2015 Gallup Poll, one in two employees admitted they left jobs to escape from a bad manager.

Poor supervisors can negatively impact employee satisfaction and retention rates. They can also damage the company's profits. Entrepreneur Magazine listed four nightmare manager examples. The publication also provides tips on how to avoid becoming one.

The Non-People Person Manager

An Office Vibe State of Employee Engagement poll found that 31 percent of workers wished their managers communicated with them more. The best corporate supervisors have strong interpersonal and leadership skills. There are a few managers, however, that do not interact well with their colleagues. When these leaders take charge of a team, they can jeopardize the free flow of communication. Their poor leadership style can derail businesses since workers aren't comfortable discussing ideas or solutions.

This management style is easy to avoid. Supervisors should learn to socialize with their employees. Additionally, they must find a trusted adviser that will help identify their weaknesses. When they discover their leadership challenges, these managers can undergo training to improve their issues.

The Self-Important Manager

Great bosses inspire their teams to achieve their company's goals. These competent supervisors motivate their employees to use their best talents and skills. They also recognize that their accomplishments required a team effort.

Self-important managers don't acknowledge their staff's contributions to projects. Instead, they take sole credit for all successes. Additionally, they aren't aware of anyone else's goals except their own. When managers ignore others' efforts, it makes them more self-centered.

These administrators can improve their management style by focusing their priorities on the company's long-term goals. These leaders should also help their employees' achieve their personal missions. Supervisors should hold regular meetings where employees can discuss their plans. They should offer helpful advice and provide continuing education to workers.

The Micro-Manager

The micro-manager isn't just a supervisor that prefers to control every aspect of a project. They're administrators that interfere in the personal lives of their employees. Many employees actually like these type of bosses, but their poor leadership ability can cause problems.

There is a fine line separating a compassionate administrator from a meddler. Yes, it's important for supervisors to care about their employees, but they shouldn't overstep boundaries. When supervisors interfere in workers' personal lives, they can make employees feel uncomfortable. Their actions can also make their teams difficult to supervise.

These leaders should learn what increases their employee's productivity, motivation, and passion. Finding out what inspires workers will help their team succeed.

The Unpredictable Manager

Reliable managers help their employees feel secure on the job. Indecisive bosses ignite fear since they are difficult to please. They're well-known for their instability which impacts the morale of the office. They also make workplaces feel scary and uncomfortable.

Unpredictable managers believe they're projecting the best image for their companies, but they don't. They're too fickle and quickly change company policies. They're also too critical of their employees.

Indecisive managers must loosen their need to control work projects. They should make changes to a few guidelines, but not often. These supervisors should upload employment guidelines in shared drives to offer direction to their subordinates when they need it.

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