While browsing through Forbes’ website, I stumbled upon an intriguing article which points out signs that one is a bad boss. Exactly 31 traits were listed, each with a brief, fairly humorous description alongside. The article is quick to note that no boss deliberately chooses to be a bad boss and it is something that is acquired unknowingly overtime. Since not everyone gets to become a boss in their lifetime, I decided to relate this article in a more general sense and associate it to leadership. Surely everyone has assumed (or will assume) a leadership role at some point in their lifetime therefore these points should provide some insights as to how to avoid becoming a bad leader. I particularly found the three points below noteworthy:
7. You’ve never been wrong – about anything.
16. You’ve got turmoil in your personal life.
19. You always say “I” and never “We”.
A common theme I denoted from these three points is that of selfishness. Leaders who are selfish demean the essence of a team by making decisions based solely around them. As I am a few years away from entering the workforce and beginning a career, I will be keeping these points in mind so that I can become an efficient leader.