Good Boss, Bad Boss
"As a manager, your team doesn’t exist for you. You exist for your team."
Wise words uttered (and paraphrased) by Sam Schillace during tonight’s fireside chat at 500.
I have had plenty of managers all across the board. The good, the bad, the ugly. Ultimately whether any relationship works is whether you have good chemistry, understand and trust each other. That said, there are certain behaviors and actions that I’ll sum up as “bad manager” and “good manager.”
A bad manager takes. A good manager gives.
A bad manager errs on the side of “no”. A good manager errs on the side of “yes”.
A bad manager takes credit. A good manager gives credit.
A bad manager talks. A good manager listens.
A bad manager is a closed book and keeps you in the dark. A good manager is an open book and is transparent.
A bad manager makes obstacles more complicated. A good manager helps you get through them.
A bad manager ignores problems and lets them fester. A good manager faces them head on until they’re no longer a problem.
A bad manager closes doors. A good manager opens doors.
A bad manager is insecure and often feels threatened. A good manager unfailingly supports their team and checks their ego at the door.
That isn’t to say that someone w/ one of these “bad” qualities is therefore a bad manager. There are plenty of different styles out there, and what works for one person doesn’t work for another. I’ve worked w/ managers that I loved whom others didn’t. And vice versa.
But in general, there is some truth to these bad/good comparisons.
Note you could essentially replace “manager” with “CEO,” “co-founder,” “leader,” “teammate,” etc.