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5 Leadership Traits to Avoid

If you have ever watched a movie that has an evil boss in it and thought to yourself, “Wow, that person is just like me!” then there is a problem. In an article for the Muse, Abby Wolfe addresses five leadership qualities not to develop. First among them—do not be a know-it-all. Even if you do know it all, there is no need to convey that condescendingly. Use your knowledge to make others better, not tear them down.

Likewise, trust people to do their jobs and do not be a micromanager. Micromanagement is often just an indication of your own insecurities. And on the flipside, do not be an “absentee boss” either, literally phoning in your communications. Granting autonomy to employees stops being a good thing when they have no idea what it is they should be doing. Show up and do your job.

Another lousy trait is to be self-serving—only doing or assigning work with the goal of making yourself look better in the business’s eyes. People do not like to feel used, and they especially do not want to worry that you will deflect your failings onto them if the occasion arises. It just makes you a jerk.

The final thing not to be is your employees’ best friend. A best friend has a hard time giving honest feedback, which means the employees may not grow in the ways that they should grow. Awkward conversations get avoided, and productivity stalls.

You can view the original article here: https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-leadership-styles-good-bosses-avoid-like-the-plague

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