There’s so much talk about employee engagement these days. Companies are bending over backwards to attract, retain and engage the best talent with interesting work and top-notch benefits. They offer health insurance, 401Ks, tuition reimbursement and EAP. There's casual dress–pizza-ice cream–bring-your-dog-to-work Friday, and if you like sushi -- it’s free and it’s in the all-you-can-eat 24x7 employee cafeteria located between the child care facility and the dry cleaner.
And still we see high levels of disengagement.
Are organizations blind to the notion that it’s not necessarily what we give our employees that engages them, but who.
Countless studies and surveys have revealed -- to no one’s surprise -- that workers want honest, responsible and selfless supervisors. They want people managers who possess high levels of character and integrity; who are patient, positive role models, and who have a genuine interest in developing others. Look around your organization. How many of your leaders fit this description? How many of your colleagues fit this description?
Is there a shortage of good leaders in an era when so many are convinced that success lies in the ability to personally brand, market and develop themselves? Are good leaders becoming extinct?
Jim Clifton, the CEO of the Gallup organization, found that 60 percent of employees working for the U.S. federal government are miserable because they have bad bosses and that “until employers take the testing and selection of managers and supervisors seriously -- promoting those who can honestly develop people -- they will continue to build factories of disengaged, miserable employees.”
So where are all the good leaders and how do we find them?
Q1. Are good leaders becoming extinct and why?
Q2. What are the tell-tale signs of an up-and-coming good leader in an organization?
Q3. Can coaching and mentoring programs help organizations develop good leaders? How?
Q4. What are the signs of a toxic work environment due to a bad boss?
Q5. Why are bad bosses allowed to exist for such long periods at so many companies?
Q6. What are the best methods for coping with a bad boss when you just can’t pick up and find another job?
Q7. How can you spot a bad boss before you take a job? What are the clues and what questions can you ask in an interview?