11 Habits of Highly Ineffective Managers

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6. 'Divide & Conquer'

Weak bosses pit individuals and teams against one another other, hoping that competition will spur everyone on. These internal conflicts tend to create work environments that are seething swamps of resentment and pique.

Strong bosses discourage internal competition in favor of external competition. They encourage employees to see rival firms, not the guys down the hall, as the ones that deserve a good drubbing.