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The Boss from Hell

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The person everyone loves to hate. The one they call ""idiot"" behind his back. The guy who seems clueless when it comes to knowing the right thing to do or say. That's the boss from hell.

If you are new to supervising others or even if you have some time under your belt, you may not be totally comfortable in the role. Or perhaps you aren't completely sure what is or isn't appropriate behavior.

That's when taking supervisory training courses or hooking up with a mentor can do a world of good. Learning how to supervise the right way can go far in helping you to become more successful.

In the meantime, follow these Guideposts to avoid some of the typical traps that supervisors can fall into:

1. Favoritism

You want your team resenting you? Then favoritism should be your first choice.

It doesn't take long for employees to realize that nothing they say or do will ever be good enough because the boss only listens or recognizes certain employees. That's when you'll start seeing a collapse in the entire team as workers give up or leave out of frustration. Besides favoritism doesn't really help you.

As the boss, your responsibility is to develop a cohesive, hard working team that works together to resolve issues. Favoritism works against this idea. And against you.

Instead, keep an open mind. Separate the individual from the suggestion by listening to what everyone has to say and judging each idea on its merits not on who offered it.

2. Being the expert

Nobody likes a know-it-all, boss or otherwise. Your job is not to have all the answers. It's to guide the team to find the right ones. That means taking yourself out of the equation and giving your staff the chance to come up with the right solutions.

If you do all the work for them, they will never learn and grow. Not only will that be boring for them, it will be destructive to the team.

Next time you think you have the right answer to a problem, step back and say nothing. Coax your team into a discussion. Let them work it out for themselves and to come up with ideas without your input.

Ultimately, as the boss you may have expertise the team doesn't have, so you will have to step in and help. But give them a chance at it first. They just might surprise you.

3. Taking credit for work of the team

Put yourself in your team's shoes. They work hard to resolve an issue or come up with a new way of doing the same old thing then you get the opportunity to present the outcome. Who do you think gets all the glory?

If you don't take the time to let the people in power know how hard your team worked to come up with the right solution, no one will ever know except you and the team. And if they go without the proper recognition long enough, you'll soon find yourself without their support.

Make sure to regularly reward and recognize your staff for their contributions – large and small. Toot their horn for them to the people in power. Otherwise, if you act like a know-it-all favorite-playing credit stealer, your team will just think of you as the boss from hell.



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