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How to be a bad boss

The Washington Post’s “On Leadership” Blog has a great article listing quotes from readers that answer the question of how to “completely, utterly destroy an employee’s work life.”  The answers are pretty insightful.  Here are some of the ones that jumped out at me:

Show your leadership decisiveness by jumping to conclusions

Have employees be responsible for something without giving them authority to get the work done.

Give employee of the month award to the guy who stayed in the office when told his son was in a car wreck

As leaders, it is important for us to ensure that we practice what we preach.  If we want to have a good work-life balance ourselves, we need to both model it for our employees as well as reward them for having a good work-life balance (and, as the last quote implies, don’t reward those who sacrifice everything for the sake of work).

Likewise, many of these other quotes from readers show an underlying current–bosses must show respect, listen to concerns, and spend the time necessary to make sure that their people understand not only “how” to do what they are asked to do, but also “why” such tasks are important in advancing the mission of the organization.

These quotes are quite insightful, so I hope you’ll read the entire article.

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