Friday, January 11, 2008

Good Boss, Bad Boss. Which Are You?

Those of you who have read my book, Bleedership, Biblical First-Aid for Leaders know that I had a very difficult boss. As a result of that experience, my radar is finely tuned to pick up examples of other "bad bosses" or tips on how to avoid being a bad boss.

A NY Times article got my attention with their headline, "Good Boss, Bad Boss. Which Are You?"

According to the article, to find out how good — or bad — a boss you are, the National Federation of Independent Business, a small business advocacy group, suggests asking yourself these questions:

1. Have you ever publicly criticized an employee?
2. Do you take credit for your employees’ work?
3. Do your employees fear you?
4. Do you expect employees to do what you tell them without question?
5. Do you believe employees should know what to do without you telling them or providing guidelines?
6. Are you a yeller?
7. Do you demean employees as a form of punishment?
8. Do you play favorites?
9. Do you hate delegating?
10. Do you check everyone’s work?

According to the answer key, the more “yes” answers, the greater the likelihood you are a bad boss.

So how do you score?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My mom needs to tell her boss that "abuse is not the way to run an organization"...but unfortunately she is afraid of losing her job so she just remains a "Doormat". What do your employees feel about you? Ck out at