- Lack energy and enthusiasm.
- Accept their own mediocre performance.
- Lack clear vision and direction.
- Have poor judgment.
- Don't collaborate.
- Don't walk the talk.
- Resist new ideas.
- Don't learn from mistakes.
- Lack interpersonal skills.
- Fail to develop others.
The one trait I hadn't thought much about is No. 1, energy and enthusiasm. But it's true that my favorite and most effective supervisors over the years were those who could fire up a staff with their genuine passion for the work. Meanwhile, a going-through-the-motions boss can transform a bright 100-watt beacon into a flickering dim bulb just by walking into a room.
What traits do you think go into making a mediocre (or worse) manager?
For more details, read the full HBR article ($4.50) on the Ten Fatal Flaws That Derail Leaders.