Guilty Traits of Bad Management

You may have said the words ‘he doesn’t communicate clearly with the team and always takes credit for our successes and positive accomplishments’ or ‘she never provides rewards or recognition for our good performances and always talks down to me’. Nothing sparks a better conversation than one about a poor manager; we look at what really gives someone the dreaded title of a “bad boss”? Here are some common traits among toxic managers:

1. No Constructive Feedback
The best managers care and invest in their employees’ development. Using their position efficiently and effectively, good managers offer guidance and experience but also show co-workers where they need to improve and where their strengths lie. However, a bad manager who does not value their team doesn’t bother critiquing work nor praise their staff when they meet or exceed expectations. Delegates are often left ambiguously wondering if their work is of a good standard and are also unclear of their weaknesses.

2. Misuse Authority
A good manager perfectly balances their position of authority whilst maintaining stable working relationships with their colleagues. They use disciplinarians when needed and reward their colleagues on a merit basis. On the other hand, questionable managers completely misuse this level of authority. Through taking disciplinary measures when a simple positive conversation would have sorted the problem to intentionally trying to embarrass a sub-ordinate in front of the rest of the team, the misuse of authority is a highly common trait that surfaces when discussing leadership skills.

3. Being Unqualified
Good quality leadership and management has always been fundamental for the growth and sustainability of any organisation. A recent survey saw UK management being out-performed by the US, Germany and Japan with 72% of employees believing their managers are unqualified and set a bad example. A manager with a lack of skills in organisation and management can be detrimental to the success of the team. A qualified manager must delegate work efficiently and oversee the teams’ performance as well as identify any occurring problems and find appropriate solutions for them.

4. Poor Communication
Communication is fundamental to healthy working relationships. If a manager cannot communicate efficiently with their team, it can result in a strained relationship that inhibits workers ability to interact with their boss as well as affecting their overall performance in job duties. Not giving clear instructions and withholding information as a form of power is a prominent trait among bad bosses.

5. Taking Credit For Other People’s Hard Work
Do you ever work really hard on something, spending endless hours trying to deliver great results to your company, only to discover that management has stolen the credit for your hard work? If so, you need a change in management. Good leaders take pride in their team’s accomplishments and go out of their way to make sure the higher-ups know who to thank for a job well done.
So there you have it: the most identifiable traits associated with bad management. Can you relate to this?