Even Bad Managers can be Trained Out of Bad Habits
Bad managers don't trust employees. They may show no respect, and may seem to thrive in their perceived power roles. They can be rude to employees, showing disregard for their feelings, and the only feedback given is negative. They're intimidating and arrogant. They've never heard of work/life balance. They give too many difficult tasks to people either not suited to or not trained for it. And they set unrealistic deadlines.
Solution: Even bad managers can be trained out of their bad habits. It's up to senior managers to train their middle managers accordingly. Hold management meetings to address these issues — with no blame apportioned — just encouragement to adopt healthier methods of interacting with staff and achieving departmental goals. In fact, managers need to be trained not to manage people, but rather to coach them to be their best performances.
—Terri Levine, CEO of Comprehensive Coaching U,
and author of "Stop Managing, Start Coaching."
Visit her on the Web: www.terrilevine.com.