As for all you business owners who’d rather be water-boarded than take a cold hard look at your company, most of the signs apply to leaders, too.
1) Your company is underperforming.
Sooner or later, poor leadership will trickle down and affect the entire company. Whatever the appropriate systems are for running your company, poor performance can usually be traced back to a leadership problem.
2) Your manager is blowing up on your people. When a good manager thinks there may be a problem with a subordinate manager, he’ll inevitably turn up the heat and see what happens. So if you notice your manager putting the screws to some employees, it’s a sign that something’s up.
3) Employee’s are distancing themselves from you. It’s one thing for your employees to talk behind your back and for your enemies to despise you, but when your work friends and allies start to back away, that’s an indication that you’re damaging the goods.
4) You’re behaving like more of a jerk than usual. You may be in conscious denial about being a crappy boss, but on some level, you’re probably aware of it. That takes a toll on you, usually in terms of increased stress and anxiety that you’ll likely take out on others.
5) Your decision-making is compromised. One of the most visible signs of poor leadership is poor decision making. After all, decisions are actions, actions generate results, and results are highly visible. Pay attention.
6)Your personal relationships stink. Dysfunctional leaders
are also dysfunctional people. Relationships are relationships, period. And while I’m sure that some bad bosses are just wonderful spouses and friends, I seriously doubt it’s very common.
7) Your employees are miserable. Come on now. I don’t care how self-absorbed you are, you know if your employees are miserable. Do they stop talking and look guilty when you walk by?
Take the time NOW, to STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN, is your company or YOU?