7 Leadership Traits That Will Make All Your Employees Flee

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Contrary to what many managers believe retaining top people involves two words that can’t be repeated often enough – continuous improvement and flexibility.

What do they mean? Empowering employees. Turning over control and responsibility  for action to the frontline, shifting the majority of communication from top down hierarchical structure to lateral (people from various functions and departments collaborating with ease due to eradication of protective silos and burgeoning bureaucracy.)

Retaining people boils down to seriously easing control. By empowering others to act they gain confidence.

Moreover, managers become self efficacious leaders who lead with purpose rather than internal fear. Below are strategies from John White in a recent LinkedIn article:

Here are some traits that my former manager exemplified that led to the shutdown of the office and the mass exodus of employees.

Micro Management

Nobody likes to be micro managed. Be a leader not a micro manager. Be someone that your employees admire and want to work hard for. Do this by leading by example with your work ethic, integrity, and by treating people with respect. Do not constantly threaten people with their job. If this is your idea of coaching your team, then you should not be in management. As the boss you should be the teacher and find ways to help people improve. Managing by fear will make your employees resent you and the company. The first chance they get they will jump ship. My old boss locked the back door, so we had to pass by his office every time we left the office so he could keep tabs on us.

Create Office Politics

This manager pitted his people against one another. He told one person one thing that someone said and then told the other person the same thing. Office politics kill morale and as the manager you should be doing things to prevent it not perpetuate it. Don’t be vindictive. Create a positive environment where people want to come to everyday.

Lie and Be Unprofessional to Customers

I caught this individual lying to customers on more than one occasion. Additionally, in a meeting with a CFO of a local company, he was so mean and rude that she actually threw the quote across the table at him. Then she kicked us out of her office, said she would NEVER do business with us, and told us to not come back. Yes, this was the low point of my career. It was truly an out of body experience.

Air Your Dirty Laundry at the Office

My former manager was always telling us about the drama that was happening at his house between him and his wife. Imagine that, his wife didn’t like him either. It made everyone uncomfortable and resent him even more. […]

Read full article via 7 Management Traits That Will Make All Your Employees Quit | LinkedIn.

Download Free the White Paper – “How To Drive Employee Engagement In The 21st Century.” Click here. 

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2 comments on “7 Leadership Traits That Will Make All Your Employees Flee
  1. For me micro-management is one of the reasons why employees decide to quit their job. Employees being in this kind of management style feel like they’re working inside a cage and for me it feels really terrible and can be stressful.


    • Jim Woods says:

      Rebecca, I agree. Micro-management is actually mis-management. Leading to profound distrust creating an atmosphere as you noted where employees are devalued. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Jim


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