Earlier this week I wrote about 5 ways a manager can blow it with employees. The points I made showcase typical "employee engagement killers," whether you're the boss of a 10-person startup or CEO of a Fortune 500 behemoth, 10,000 strong.

A day later, leadership expert Randy Conley of The Ken Blanchard Companies, posted a similar LeaderChat blog that echoed some of my points about toxic leaders, but with a humorous twist.

Halloween being three days away, Conley appropriately labeled them "Frankenbosses" -- a more family-friendly moniker for the toxic-boss genre.

Here are some of my favorite (and unfortunately, if you fit the bill as a boss) "Frankenboss" moments from Conley's blog. He says "you might be a Frankenboss if you..."

Lose your temper - This only shows a lack of maturity and self-control. There's no room for yelling and screaming in today's workplace. No one should have to go to work and fear getting reamed out by their boss.

Aren't "present" in meetings - It's rude and disrespectful to your team to act that way. If you can't be fully engaged and devote the time and energy needed to meet with your team, then be honest with them and work to arrange your schedule so you can give them 100 percent of your focus. They deserve it.

Are driven by your ego - The heart of leadership is about giving, not receiving. Self-serving leaders may be successful in the short-term, but they won't be able to create a sustainable followership over time.

Avoid conflict - Frankenbosses tend to either completely avoid conflict by sweeping issues under the rug, or they go to the extreme by making a mountain out of every molehill.

Don't give feedback - It's not fair to your employees to give them an assignment, never check on how they're doing, and then blast them with negative feedback when they fail to deliver exactly what you wanted.

Throw your team members under the bus - If you're prone to throwing your team members under the bus whenever you or they mess up, you'll find that they will start to withdraw, take less risk, and engage in more CYA behavior.

And my personal favorite...

You're a Frankenboss if you practice "seagull" management - A seagull manager is one who periodically flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps all over everyone, and then flies away. Good leaders are engaged with their team members and have the pulse of what's going on in the organization.

In the spirit of Halloween, what other spooky Frankenboss traits can you add here?

Published on: Oct 28, 2016
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