Signs of Weak Management

Weak management can be indicated by frequent bickering and little getting done.
Weak management can be indicated by frequent bickering and little getting done. (Image: Patrick Ryan/Lifesize/Getty Images)

No-one wants to work for incompetent managers, lazy or perhaps just plain power-hungry, but the sorry truth is that there are plenty of weak leaders out there in the world’s workplaces. Weak management can lead to employee dissatisfaction, a drop in productivity and a reduction in profits. Professionals need to learn to recognize poor management, since it can affect their career.

Intercompany Competition

When an organization is divided into several different departments, the managers of each need to recognize that all are working for the same, ultimate objectives, and must communicate clearly with each other. If departmental heads are arguing and trying to compete to outperform or outdo each other, this is a sign of a workplace weakness. Employees should also watch out for management teams that attempt to acquire as much power, in the form of budgets, resources and employees, as possible. This desire to empire build indicates poor management, since the company as a whole will suffer.

Talk Over Action

Successful management involves getting things done, so a sign of weak leadership can be spotted when managers talk a lot about their plans and objectives, but don’t put half as much effort into actually accomplishing these things. In meetings, managers may bicker over how to perform tasks. They blame others for the failure of past initiatives, but are not ready to accept reality and move forward. Weak managers may over-focus on business language and image and not enough on action.

Performances Ignored

Weak managers have little real interaction with their employees. While this kind of management might promote employees and give perks, often these rewards are not directly linked to employee performance, but private agendas set by the weak managers. The actual work of smart employees is mostly disregarded by weak managers, and individuals are offered little in the way of job feedback from their leaders.

Lack of Back-up

Poor managers are quick to pour criticism on employees who are under-achieving, or who make big mistakes, when instead they should be presenting individuals with constructive criticism and rallying behind the employees beneath them. Under poor management, employees feel their efforts are unrewarded and view the workplace as intimidating.

Poor Delegation

Weak managers often delegate work unequally. Rather than balance work and accept the responsibility that work may go against plan, management of this kind overuses some departments or teams. This means that some employees must work overtime, sdo they feel pressured. Better managers look at the skill sets of their staff and allocate work fairly and wisely.

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