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Monica Wofford, CSP, is a professional speaker and CEO of Contagious Companies, a training and consulting firm that develops better leaders and trains managers how to become better leaders. Her Monday Moment has been a popular leadership learning tool since 2006!

What do you need to STOP doing in order for employees to stop name calling?

No one likes rejection or to be disliked, yet when you’re perceived to be a bad boss, you might get called a name or two. Sticks and stones only works for so long and then you start to wonder what’s wrong with you. Let’s stop that thought process and get you off the bad boss list by ensuring you are not the offender of any of these reasons employees might verbally bash you and what you do.

  1. It appears all you care about are the numbers, and not the employee
  2. You always leave early but ask them to stay late
  3. You make time for your personal emergencies and needs, but expect them to ignore theirs
  4. You fail to address a problem until you’re so mad you can’t stand it anymore and out it comes
  5. You don’t give clear directions
  6. You hold onto your expectations expecting employees to be telepathic
  7. You play favorites, which is just silly
  8. You don’t demonstrate the difference between avoiding favoritism and praising top performers
  9. You keep difficult people around so long they infect the entire team
  10. You complain about your own job and work in one moment and attempt to motivate them to be engaged the next

Becoming a better leader often means there is a long list of things you get to stop doing, such as any of the ten actions in this list. Which ones should you stop doing today? Stopping these will stop employees from bashing you as their boss.

I’m Monica Wofford and that’s your Monday Moment. Have a great week, an even better Monday, and of course, stay contagious!

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