Do these traits remind you of someone? As a boss, avoid these to ensure that there is a healthy relationship between you and your employees in the workplace.

Controlling. There is a fine line between controlling and leading. As the boss, you are expected to lead, motivate and encourage employees to be creative. On the other hand, a controlling boss delegates tasks as is, without giving employees a chance to provide feedback.

Indecisive. Managers should be relied upon in making critical decisions in the workplace. An indecisive manager is often too concerned with failure rather than problem resolution.

Stubborn. The boss that thinks he is always right and will disregard anyone’s feedback regardless if it affects the growth of the company is one that you should avoid. Learn to use employee ideas to your benefit, and recognize them for those.

Stagnant. These are managers that do not learn how to adapt and are fearful of change. A business should always be looking forward, not resisting change.

Micromanaging. Although some companies promote this to ensure the quality of work from their employees, it does more harm than good. Being constantly on the prowl will create tension between you and your employees, so giving them the breathing room to work and to trust in their capabilities will ensure that you get the most out of their potential.

Fear. Employees following their boss because of fear is the worst relationship your can have in the workplace. Taking their employment as hostage for a good performance should be avoided as this does not create a healthy working environment.

Visionless. Similar to being stagnant, a visionless boss will lead you nowhere. This type of boss is often concerned with short term fixes for long term problems.

Favoritism. There is no rule against bosses being friends with his employees, but a good boss knows that there are limits to these. Having personal relationships with employees often creates a stir as the other employee is favoured over the other; whereas being a good manager means that you have a clear understanding on the fine line between work and personal relationships.

Arrogance. These are the bosses who think that their position gives them sovereign power over everyone in the workplace. Your position exists because of the people around you and you should value them as they all play a crucial role in the workplace.

Unaccountable. A good boss knows when he makes a mistake and takes accountability for his actions.

Emotional. As with any employee, much worse when it’s the boss, being driven by emotion is a bad management style as you will often make decisions based on what you strongly believe in and not on what is factual.

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Dorian Traill is the current Director of Grand Capital Finance Group and Fountain Property Group. He specialize in home loans for people as well as helping them build wealth through quality investment properties that ultimately lead to long term financial freedom.

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