Are You a “High Maintenance” Leader?

I have worked for multiple leaders who were as odd or eccentric as could be.   The highest maintenance leaders seemed to generate the most negative reactions among everyone in the organization.

One leader punched everyone in the arm and called them “Matey” as his greeting.  Another used the same illustration year in and year out at an annual function – each time like it was the first time.  A female leader I knew kissed everyone – strangers included – on the cheek as she said “hello” or “goodbye.”  Still another liked to pit people against each other, then sit back and watch the battle – angering everyone!

Your workers may be courteous to your face, but they resent every action and duty dumped on them that you won’t do for yourself.

They like getting paid.  But when they go home at night, they open up about their weird boss who does everything to drive them crazy (isn’t that what you do when you go somewhere to vent?).

Before you fly off the handle and stop reading this, allow me to explain why your “family of workers” can’t stand working with you.

Have you seen the movie, The Devil Wears Prada, starring Meryl Streep?  Even better, do you remember the movie, Mr. Mom, with Michael Keaton and Martin Mull?  Keaton attended his wife’s company picnic.  There were competitive games, but the object was to let the hapless boss (played by Mull) win every time.  They went out of their way to let him win and be the hero…

But they couldn’t stand him.

Well if this is you, these are things you need to fix.  Your staff is waiting, but not very patiently.

Quit training your staff to put up with you better.

Train yourself to be lower maintenance for them!

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