Have you ever had a ‘toxic’ manager?  If you’ve been in the world of employment for any length of time and had several supervisors, then chances are, you’ve encountered one or more of these.

For the starters, let’s define a toxic manager.  While most don’t qualify for the ‘Darwin Award’ website yet, they’re getting closer each year. Of course, puzzled business owners and leaders wonder why their best employees leave and they have trouble replacing them.

1.  They believe turnover is ‘the cost of doing business’

2.  They strongly resist change

3.  Manage or Dictate vs. Lead

4.  Does not encourage participation in decision making from staff

5.  Shows favoritism

6.  Highly inflexible while paying ‘lip service’ to ‘the team’ principles

7.  Office door is closed more than open

8.  Rarely visits the ‘shop floor’ or areas where the work takes place

9.  Has no clue as to the real-life issues his staff is forced to deal with daily

10.  Evaluation, reward and recognition process is a joke to employees

I could go on, but you’ve probably got the idea now.  At this time, if you think you should see yourself in the mirror, please retreat to the executive washroom or your personal vanity.  You can read the rest when you return.

Okay, so you’re back.  If you didn’t need that look, applaud yourself.  Those who were brave enough to peek, who was looking back?  Yeah, I know.  You didn’t start out to be a ‘toxic manager’ . . . and while you may or may not be there yet, do you want to do something about it other than blame the cruel world of business on your style?  Well, now is the time — don’t wait another day.  It’s time for change (please refer to item #2).