Throughout my 18-year corporate career, I had scores of managers who were, sadly, anything but inspiring. The majority were clueless as to how to motivate, lead or develop their staff, or help employees utilize their best talents to grow and contribute in a meaningful and exciting way. I did have a few great bosses, but they left quickly or were drummed out of the organization for being too creative and innovative. (Escaping poor management is one of the core reasons I chose to start my own firm and become my own boss.)
Why are there so many terrible managers in corporate America?
I’ve observed six core factors behind the proliferation of lousy managers. We all know these folks when we see them, and most of us have had the misfortune of reporting to more than one miserable boss in our careers. Now that I’m outside the corporate structure, it’s more apparent than ever how these inept managers are damaging individuals and organizations. Shame on the “leaders” who place these ill-equipped people in positions of authority. From my view, no one should be given the honor and responsibility of managing departments, projects or people until they are appropriately trained and can demonstrate that they know how to manage and lead in a positive way.