Have you ever been fired by your employees? No one wants to earn the title “poor leader, ineffective manager or bad supervisor”. Sadly however, many unhappy employees leave their positions because they do not feel cared for, supported, understood or treated fairly by their superiors. For them, leaving is all about poor leadership. For managers, it should be about how to avoid it.
People Don’t Leave Jobs. People Leave Managers.
So what causes poor leadership? Ron Jasniowski of the Integrity Training Institute sites the following reasons:
- Promotions to management positions are not based on leadership skills but on seniority and sometimes job skills. Excellent job skills do not equip someone to be a good supervisor.
- Supervisors lack the special skill set and knowledge required to discharge their duties adequately.
- Managers are too passive and fail to confront issues, or they are too autocratic and aggressive, incurring the resistance and resentment of their followers.
- Leaders have poor people skills and fail to communicate adequately with their subordinates. Frequently they do not see this as a priority.
- Supervisors avoid addressing difficult issues hoping that they will go away. The longer these matters are left unattended, the more entrenched they become and finally reach a point beyond salvage.
People spend the majority of their waking hours at work. Their experiences there can either make them or break them. Happiness eats away at their well-being and eventually crushes their spirit. This is costly for the workers and for the company. Developing good supervisors who can avoid or eliminate these situations is in every one’s best interests.
Avoiding Poor Leadership
So how do supervisors and managers avoid poor leadership? Here are some things to do.
- Get to know who you are as a person. Read self help books. Attend personal growth seminars and take related courses. Get into therapy if you feel blocked in any way. There is no substitute for self understanding when leading.
- Do a fierce internal inventory and see what areas of leadership feel uncomfortable to you. Be brutally honest with yourself. Have the courage to get help with these matters and add to your skill set instead of allowing your growth issues to become a liability to your company and your employees.
- Acquire adequate supervisory or leadership training so you are fully equipped to do the required job. There is a myriad of courses out there that could suit your needs. Approach your employer to see if you can get support for this endeavor. Most employers are delighted to know that you are aware enough and willing to take the initiative to improve yourself and your work environment.
- Make sure you understand the needs of the job before accepting it or hiring someone for it. It’s much easier to say “no” to an unsuitable job or candidate at the front end of the job as opposed to the back end.
Poor leadership and how to avoid it is all about paying attention to yourself as leader, and to the work environment in which you find yourself. Two things are paramount:
- Monitor your inner responses to your work environment.
- Monitor the feedback that you get from others.
Think clearly about the facts you have acquired, act courageously and decisively, and you will keep yourself out of the poor leadership trap.