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March 04, 2018

We all know you. Our hearts beat fast and our palms get sweaty when we hear your chair squeak and your door creak open. Because we know the next thing we'll hear is footsteps. What we don't know is where they'll stop, we just hope it's not at our desk.

We all know you. Our hearts beat fast and our palms get sweaty when we hear your chair squeak and your door creak open. Because we know the next thing we’ll hear is footsteps. What we don’t know is where they’ll stop, we just hope it’s not at our desk.Who are you? A horrible boss. But you don’t want to be someone everyone fears, disrespects or distrusts. So how do you change it? Step one is to be aware of the things pegging you as not so awesome.1. Lack of Transparency Staff can tell when you’re not being completely honest with them. There’s rarely a reason not to be entirely transparent with your team, especially at a young, growing company. Your team will appreciate understanding exactly where the company stands. This will help everyone come together as a team, focused on the problems that need solving for the long term benefit of the company. Lack of transparency can result in a lack of trust.2. Not Listening Listening to all employees as often as possible is so important to building a loyal and faithful team. Everyone needs to be part of the process and bigger picture. Interacting and listening to your team is something that is often forgotten by CEOs, with the hustle and bustle of job and travel schedules. It shouldn’t be. 3. Dismissing Ideas Other Than Your Own Your employees should never feel like they’re pitching you in a way that makes you (as the CEO) think you’re spinning the gold. Understanding a good idea, helping to develop it and providing strong praise and credit where die is incredibly important.
4. Valuing Experience Over Potential CEOs should be careful not to value experience over potential. Some of our best employees haven’t been the most experienced. What they do have is something that’t impossible to train or develop, it’s a fire in their bellies to deliver world class products to our clients. You can’t teach that.5. Ego The best leaders are ones who accept blame when things go wrong and give credit to their team when things go right. In order to be a true visionary leader, you need to let go of your ego and focus on your people because without them you would be nowhere.6. Lack of Empathy Leaders must understand the problem their team faces, and then begin doing anything to remove barriers to entry so their team can do the best job possible. In my experience, these barriers include a lack of resources, a lack of direction and a lack of culture.7. Forgetting about Leadership Development Educating and creating a growth plan for your employees is one of the things that should never be ignored but often slips through the cracks. Having a growth and education path not only increases employee retention but makes for a smarter and hungrier team. If you think about it in reverse, can you afford for your team not to learn or grow? Imagine if your marketing team was doing the same things they are now in four or five years.
8. Being Overly Conservative Modern leaders must be absolutely tenacious in getting the results they desire, from themselves, their organization, their team, even their customers. Get rid of overly conservative notions. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. If you don’t take that risk, you’ll never know what that opportunity would be. You’ll never have to say “would’ve, could’ve, should’ve.” Use your guts, and everything will work out well.9. Poor Communication of Strategy CEOs tend to map out ideas in our heads but don’t share the process. Then, when the team starts making suggestions that you’ve already eliminated through thoughtful internal deliberation, they get angry. But no one knows you’ve already done that, so both sides get frustrated. 10. Closed Mindedness It’s crucial as a CEO to be open minded and listen to feedback and ideas from others. being closed minded and unwilling to change your perspective will cause issues with both your employees and the success of your business.