6 Behaviors That Could Keep You From Becoming a Great Manager or Leader

How often have you felt like quitting a job because of something your manager said or did? Did they take credit for the work you did? Did they micromanage every project? Did they disregard your ideas and opinions? Did they lack compassion and empathy for their team members? Were they bullies?

Most of us have heard the saying that ‘people don’t leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses.’ Of course, not everyone leaves a job because they have a horrible boss. However, you probably agree with the comment if you are unfortunate enough to experience what it’s like to have a poor manager.

On the other hand, if you are the manager who must keep conducting interviews to replace the direct reports who seem to keep leaving, then perhaps you should do some self-reflection. Dig deep. Ask yourself, “Did my staff leave because of me? Did I give enough support? Is there something I could have done better/differently?” Be prepared to be brutally honest. You may need to ask others for their thoughts.

This article lists six counterproductive behaviors of managers that could keep you from becoming a good manager/leader. Poor managers not only hurt their teams’ morale but can also negatively affect the library’s/organization’s overall culture.  

As upper management, if you have a supervisor with high departmental turnover, you may want to examine possible causes. Review data from exit interviews and make changes when necessary. Don’t bury your head in the sand and ignore what a bad manager is doing to your library staff and workplace culture. If you do nothing, you become as much a part of the problem as the bad manager.