I was recently reading a blog post in which the author asked their readers what they liked about their best & worst managers. There were a lot of replies to the post and I thought it would be nice to summarize what was said, in the hope that this would share some light on the good & bad practices that you do.
- Always presented your work as their own.
- Hoarded information from the rest of the team.
- Would not make decisions and were very difficult to get hold of.
- Never thanked you for doing a good job
- Never took our 1:1 sessions seriously and would always reschedule or cancel them on a regular basis.
- Didn't believe in people and actively brought them down which broke their confidence.
- Had clear office favourites.
- Thought that they were above everyone else and were not prepared to help out when it was needed the most.
- Treated people as a subordinates.
- Acted in a rude or condescending manner, where anyone "below" them need to be "put in their place"
- Always assumed that their way was correct. When they did listen to other people's opinion, they never really took them into consideration.
- Abused the good nature of the team, by asking them to constantly come in on weekends and work late.
- Didn't clearly communicate expectations and got upset when the end goals were not achieved.
- Feel like they have to be the best in the team. They fail to understand that everyone has something to bring to the table.
- Extremely manipulative and almost impossible to trust.
- Gave you the silent treatment and didn't bother in resolving the actual problem.
- Get annoyed when you ask questions and say things like "You should know this by now!"
- Gave credit where credit was due, especially in front of higher level managers.
- Always gave employees the benefit of the doubt.
- Made sure that you have what you need to get the job done and then they get out of the way.
- Would have regular 1:1's with their team to make sure that everything was going okay.
- Always told us the actual problem to be solved as opposed to how to solve it.
- Actively defended their team and stood up for them.
- Treated team members as collaborators.
- Created an environment where it was safe & even encouraged to ask questions.
- Gave tasks that challenged them and also gave them the autonomy they needed.
- Understood that mistakes happen and tried to find solutions to prevent them from happening again, instead of blaming people.
- Understood that people have lives outside of work and sometimes people need to leave work early, or work from home. This understanding goes a long way.
- Shared information amongst the team freely and encouraged people to do the same as well.
- Understood that everyone works differently as some people require constant feedback, whereas some people just prefer to be left alone.
- Know that failure will happen at some stage and seeks to remedy the situation as soon as possible.
- Understood that work needs to be fun as well and to have a sense of humor.
- Spread their knowledge amongst the team, so that when they left, the team could function just as well.
- Allowed us to present the work we completed to the product owner and not taking credit for it.
As I was going through the page I often found myself agreeing to quite a few of the comments that were being made. It made me more aware of somethings that I am & am not doing, so I hope that it will provide you with something similar.
Until next time...keep learning!