5 Leadership Styles to Avoid

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There are some all-too-familiar management and leadership styles that are inherently awful!

We've all experienced them. We all want to avoid having a boss like this. However, they are sort of low-potential-energy styles...They are sloppy and easy to fall into if a leader isn't careful, aware and well...trained in how to be a leader!

If you are a leader, you will want to make sure that you are avoiding these styles, as explained in more detail in Forbes Magazine: 5 Leadership Styles Good Bosses Avoid Like The Plague.

1. The Know-It-All

Yes, you were chosen for a reason. But that reason is not because you know everything about everything. No matter what your title is, there’s always something to learn. Especially from your own team who works day in and day out on your part of the business. They’re likely to have smart and innovative solutions and ideas–possibly to problems you’re not even aware exist.

2. The Micromanager

Managing people can be daunting—the performance of your team reflects directly back on you. And this may tempt you to hold their hands every single step of the way to ensure the job is done right.

But this is a major productivity roadblock. When you spend a good portion of your time breathing down their necks, you’re limiting the amount of time you can dedicate to your own work. Not to mention, it also puts you at risk for losing track of the big picture.

3. The Absentee Boss

Sure, managers should manage from a distance, but that doesn’t mean you should disappear completely.

It may be nice at first to have a boss who never checks in, but after a while, having a supervisor who is never seen nor heard gets old. Employees want and deserve a certain degree of autonomy, yes, but they also want and need guidance, feedback and validation that they are on the correct path.

4. The Self-Server

Self-serving leaders will do whatever it takes to make themselves shining stars in their own boss’ eyes. And they don’t really care if they have to use someone else to do it.

5. The Best Friend

When you spend five days of the week working closely with others, it can be easy to develop a bond with them. But becoming besties with your direct reports is a tricky situation to put yourself in.

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