Five Habits of a Truly Horrible Boss


The best thing about working for a boss is the opportunity to learn from both good and negative examples of leadership.

5 Habits of a Bad BossThere are five common leadership habits, behaviors and approaches that you will see in a lousy boss.

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What Will It Take for Women to Get Ahead in Leadership?


What will it take?  What has to happen before women show up in more leadership roles in U.S. businesses?

The numbers represent an extremely disturbing trend.

A percent sign.Although women make up over half the U.S. population, in addition to being more than 49 percent of the labor force, they still inexplicably absent in leadership in both public and private enterprise.

Even in government bodies all across America, the role of women leaders are considerably underrepresented. The United States is near 70th of 188 countries, for women elected to national public office. This number is actually lower than in November 2004, when the U.S. ranked 57th.

Human Resources: Free live ovation demoIt can be argued that there is further need for research on how the participation of women in leadership roles could have an impact on policy. Regardless, the advancement of women in the workplace have clear benefits for both our economy and the nation.

Several studies have visibly demonstrated that Fortune 500 corporations with women in leadership have performed better financially—the only metric that truly counts.

In addition, hedge funds run by women also outpace industry standards. Sadly, of the top 1,000 CEOs leading the largest businesses in the U.S., 4.2 percent—that is only 42 individuals out of 1,000—are women.

Additionally, many low-wage, service jobs that are shoring up our economy are performed by women. they are also in 54 percent of all service-sector jobs, as well as making up 77 percent of all education and health-service workers.

Add to that the 80 percent of health care and social-assistance jobs, over 80 percent of workers in residential-care and nursing facilities are women. These jobs some of the fastest-growing in our economy.

Even though women have made enormous advances in employment, they continue to be under represented (or actively held back) at almost every measure of corporate life in the United States.

Again, what will it take for women to have a greater role in the American corporate landscape?

For International women’s Day, an infographic from the Center for American Progress, to demonstrate how U.S. businesses underrepresents women in leadership roles.

Infographic after the jump…

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Leadership: It’s the Little Things That Count


Warren Buffett speaking to a group of students...
Warren Buffett  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How would your employees describe you?

  • Modest?
  • Considerate?
  • Approachable?

Frequently, these terms describe some of those at the top of the corporate world—people like Warren Buffett and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. They are CEOs beloved by their employees and are leaders not only on business, but in the values of their corporations.

Most bosses have not reached that level of the CEO stratosphere, and often their management skills are too harsh and dismissive. They bark orders to subordinates and are difficult to reach for one-on-one face time.

Employees shouldn’t have to catch an executive in the lunch area to discuss an issue or ask a question. Being unavailable and aloof is not leadership—and is hardly effective management.

To be a strong leader means respect—not only receiving it, but giving it as well.

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Leadership: It's the Little Things That Count


Warren Buffett speaking to a group of students...
Warren Buffett  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How would your employees describe you?

  • Modest?
  • Considerate?
  • Approachable?

Frequently, these terms describe some of those at the top of the corporate world—people like Warren Buffett and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. They are CEOs beloved by their employees and are leaders not only on business, but in the values of their corporations.

Most bosses have not reached that level of the CEO stratosphere, and often their management skills are too harsh and dismissive. They bark orders to subordinates and are difficult to reach for one-on-one face time.

Employees shouldn’t have to catch an executive in the lunch area to discuss an issue or ask a question. Being unavailable and aloof is not leadership—and is hardly effective management.

To be a strong leader means respect—not only receiving it, but giving it as well.

Continue reading “Leadership: It's the Little Things That Count”

Learning from a Bad Boss


Learning From A Bad BossMany things (both good and bad) can happen in the workplace. One of worst is working under a bad boss. The way a boss can be bad is as varied as management styles—a bad boss can either disrespectful, incompetent  offensive, arrogant or any combination.

They could even be a decent person, but have poor leadership skills.

Having a lousy boss doesn’t mean you cannot learn how to be a better employee—and perhaps a better boss  later on in your career.

Here are several ways you can learn from a terrible boss—and improve your own future:

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Top Ten: Leadership!


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Leadership (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vince Lombardi once said:

“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile. “

In some ways, we all possess an innate ability to become leaders—as a friend, spouse, parent or business specialist. In the role of the Human Resources professional, leadership can certainly be the most valuable skill, something used to create a successful, productive workplace.

We all carry leadership traits within us, just waiting for the opportunity to present itself. All it takes is a sincere desire to use these tools to get the job done.
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Six Strategies for HR Leaders


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HR leaders hear lots of talk about “getting a seat at the table” among the leadership functions of an organization. But what does it really mean?

Simply put, CEOs are demanding a more strategic approach in managing today’s workforce needs, as well as in planning for future needs. As an HR leader, you take ownership of the talent strategy in your organization when you:

  • Follow the money and focus on fundamentals.
  • Get the most out of your talent data, your managers, and your employees.
  • Look into the future while keeping an eye on your talent metrics.

The secret to integrating HR and business processes?

It’s the secret to getting a seat at the leadership table. And it’s a secret you can learn in this complimentary guide.

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