Dealing with a bad boss? You’re not alone. Throughout my travels across the country delivering keynotes and leading workshops, I have encountered plenty of people who are frustrated with dealing with a bad boss. I have heard countless stories about ineffective supervisors or poor performing managers who fail to motivate their staff, set clear expectations, or provide clear direction. Some employees are fed up with working for people in leadership positions who lack accountability and fail to hold poor performing employees accountable for their actions. I have heard stories about how bad leaders fail to confront problems in the workplace and instead sweep the issues under the rug. But to be fair to these types of leaders, it’s not all their fault. Sometimes they are promoted into a leadership position based on doing their former job effectively well---but lack the skillset needed to lead people.
It reminds me of what my mentor told me when I got my first job out of college. What got you here won’t get you there …
It’s true (and it’s also the title of a fantastic book by executive coach Marshall Goldsmith). Most people promoted from technical, tactical roles into management need a new set of skills to lead people. They need to be trained to excel at their position.
But these bad leaders who lack the skillset needed to lead people sometimes cause talented, hard-working employees to leave their job in search of a more satisfying place to work. You may have heard the old but still relevant saying, people don’t leave companies, they leave bad bosses. But what’s worse than employees leaving? The output from employees who stay! They remain in the toxic work environment dealing with the fallout of poor leadership: low morale, poor performance, and arguably worst of all, employee disengagement. Without effective leadership, these employees do the bare minimum in the workplace and are unwilling to go the extra mile to get stuff done. This has a real monetary impact on company growth and productivity. In fact, according to a Gallup poll, 60 percent of employees are disengaged, translating to over $450B in lost productivity!
This lack of leadership leaves employees feeling hopeless, helpless, and powerless because their boss is unwilling or incapable of creating a more positive and productive work environment. But you don’t have to feel this way. There is a solution. You don’t have to be in a leadership position to invoke positive change in your work environment. You can lead without the title. I have provided the below tips to show you how you can fill the void of ineffective leadership, improve your engagement, and boost your morale.
Eric Williamson is a keynote speaker and author of the book How to Work with Jerks. Order your copy today at https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999456695/. For more information about a keynote speech or training workshop for your organization, visit www.tailoredtrainingsolutions.com.