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4 Signs of a Weak Leader

May 13th, 2014

A team is only as strong as its leader. You can have the best and brightest on staff, but if the person managing them isn’t effective, then that team simply cannot function.

If your organization has leaders who are underperforming, it’s time to stop and assess them for the following signs, then consider whether to train them or exit them out:

Sign #1: Complaining to Their Staff

As one of the leading staffing agencies in the Northwest, Provisional understands managers have tough jobs, but complaining about them to their own team will only cause them to lose respect in the eyes of the very people they are supposed to be leading. Your managers are supposed to be models of professionalism, not gossip hounds. When they complain, they look like frustrated teenagers, not in-control leaders.

Sign #2: Leading by Emotion

Being completely emotionless isn’t good. But neither is showing too much emotion. If you have a manager who every time something goes awry, they get angry, frustrated, hostile or bitter toward their team, then you’ve got a big problem.

Good leaders are expected to be cool and calm in all situations. Of course, there might be circumstances when tempers flare. But if it’s all the time, then no one can operate effectively in that kind of environment. Employees will begin to feel as if they’re walking on eggshells, breeding uncertainty and discontent.

Sign #3: Micromanaging

Attention to detail is important for a manager; however, playing helicopter boss and constantly looking over the shoulders of staff members creates angst, de-motivates staff, and kills any sense of creativity. And in fact, micromanaging is a major cause of turnover for companies.

Sign #4: Not Setting Boundaries

You can’t be friends with the people you manage; you can be friendly and have a warm, open relationship. But when a manager is best buds with staff members, all sorts of problems are going to ensue.

For instance, what if the boss and an employee always have lunch together and are good friends, then that employee is promoted? How is that going to be perceived by the rest of the staff? Not well. When it comes to managing, leaders need to care about staff, but also draw the line between being friendly and getting too personal.

Need more help hiring and training managers to lead? Call Provisional. As one of the leading staffing agencies in the Northwest – with more than 20 years of experience – we can help you recruit and screen high quality candidates, all so you gain access to today’s best talent. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.

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