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15 Signs Of Bad Leaders You Need To Take Note Of

15 Signs Of Bad Leaders You Need To Take Note Of

What makes a person a good leader? Is it a position, salary or achievements? Well, yes, but those are not the most important things. Leaders can find and reveal true talents and skills of other people; they can support and promote good workers. If it is not happening, it is not a true leader, but just a boss who happens to take this position. Such people won’t bring much use to the company, firm, organization, enterprise, etc. You can easily define such a person if you analyze his or her behavior. Here are some signs you may notice.

1. They always blame someone else

“Is the project still not ready? It is the team’s fault and has nothing to do with my management.” “Doesn’t the new printer work? It must be broken; I don’t have time to read the instructions.” “Are employees always late? We need to get the new ones; I don’t have to discipline them.” Lousy leaders always blame someone or something: people, equipment, system, etc. It is never their fault! Good leaders are able to acknowledge their mistakes and to do something about them.

2. They are afraid of talented people

Bad leaders are very afraid of intelligent and talented people. If they can, they just don’t hire them. If they have to hire them, they always try to depreciate them and their work. Such leaders are insecure and self-conscious, which are not the best qualities for leading positions.

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3. They make people work very hard while they do nothing

Do you often see your boss watching fun YouTube videos, talking on the phone with friends, playing computer games or checking their social networks while you have to deal with numerous tasks? That is the right example of a bad leader. Often such leaders love to remind their employees how lazy and useless they are. A good leader should always be an example of a hard worker.

4. They threaten their employees

Bad leaders tend to constantly threaten their employees with discharge or demotion. Surely, fear can be a very powerful motivation, but true leaders have to be teachers; they should help people to have the desire to become better and to grow professionally. In this case, the results of work will be much better than with the fear. Threatening can cause nothing but negative emotions towards such leaders and their companies.

5. They intrigue

Bad leaders turn some employees against the others. They can say that certain people spread rumors or sneak on someone. They may think that it creates competitive environment and makes employees work harder. Office intrigues affect people’s morals. Good leaders shouldn’t let that happen. They need to create positive environment that people would want to come back to.

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6. They are always hezitant

Leaders have to be able to make decisions. If a person is too hesitant about anything starting with what paper to choose for copy machines and finishing with who should present the company at the next conference, he or she is not a leader material. A leader has to be confident and make decisions even if they are not always right.

7. They are arrogant

No one likes people who are always sure that they are right and they never make mistakes. Such people always feel superior and treat people like they know nothing. Arrogant leaders are often despised by their employees and have no respect from them.

8. They have terrible relationships with everyone at work

If a boss cannot have good relationships with the majority of employees, there can be no positive environment and effective management in this office. There are situations when bad bosses have many friends, but these are exceptions.

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9. They don’t like innovations

Bad leaders often like things the way they are and don’t want to do something new, to try some new techniques, to buy new equipment or to hire new professionals. They can spend years with no progress whatsoever. Such people hinder the team’s work and don’t allow their employees move forward and develop their skills.

10. They don’t care about what they do

Good leaders are often passionate about their job and about the whole industry they are a part of. If you don’t like what you do, it will be very difficult to inspire people who work for you. Bad leaders can actually become very good ones once they change their career path and choose some other sphere of business.

11. Their employees are miserable

To define bad leaders, you can not only look at them, but also take a good look at their employees. If a boss is clever, honest and fair, employees will be happy and motivated to work. If a boss is not very suitable to be a leader, employees will look tired and unhappy all the time. Great leaders create great workers.

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12. They are excessively familiar with their colleagues

Some bosses behave too familiar with their employees seeking for approval. They think that it’ll make them closer to their colleagues and everyone will like them. They can even share some very personal things such as a fight with their spouse or problems with their kids. Every good leader remembers about the boundaries at work. Such talks will only make employees uncomfortable and confused. Those are not the best emotions for work.

13. They lie

Well, that is a bad thing for any person, not just a leader. Some leaders don’t only lie to customers, their bosses, etc., but also make their employees cover for them. Obviously, that cannot end well in any scenario.

14. They micromanage too much

No one likes it when their boss watches every move they make. Excessive micromanaging is not the job for true leaders. They are supposed to be someone whom their workers admire and want to work hard for. This can be achieved by a personal example, work ethics, honesty and respect for people.

15. They are rude

If your boss swears a lot, yells to people, punishes employees for every small mistake, calls names and argues about unimportant things all the time, better look for a new job. Such people can rarely become successful leaders and lead people towards positive changes. All they do is to embarrass, humiliate and scare their workers.

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Last Updated on April 6, 2020

How to Make a Career Change at 50 for Great Opportunities

How to Make a Career Change at 50 for Great Opportunities

Turning 50 is a milestone in anyone’s life, after all you are half way to 100! But seriously, turning 50 is often a time in life when people can sit back and take a look at where they’ve been and contemplate what the future holds.

Can you change careers at 50? It’s not uncommon for people in their 50’s to consider a career change, after all if you’ve spent 20 to 30 years in a career, chances are that some of the bloom is off the rose.

Often, when we are starting out in our 20’s, we choose a career path based on factors that are no longer relevant to us in our 50’s. Things like our parents’ expectations, a fast paced exciting lifestyle or the lure of making a lot of money can all be motivating factors in our 20’s.

But in our 50’s, those have given way to other priorities. Things like the desire to spend more time with family and friends, a slower paced less stressful lifestyle, the need to care for a sick spouse or elderly parents can all contribute to wanting a career change in your 50’s.

Just like any big life changing event, changing careers is scary. The good news is that just like most things we are scared of, the fear is mostly in our own head.

Understanding how to go about a career change at 50 and what you can expect should help reduce the anxiety and fear of the unknown.

What are Your Goals for a Career Change?

As in any endeavor, having properly defined goals will help you to determine the best path to take.

What are you looking for in a new career? Choosing a slower less stressful position that gives you more time with family and friends may sound ideal, but you’ll often find that you’re giving up some income and job satisfaction in the process.

Conversely, if your goal is to quit a job that is sucking the life from your soul to pursue a lifelong passion. You might be trading quality time with family and friends for job satisfaction.

Neither decision is wrong or bad, you just need to be aware of the potential pitfalls of any decision you make.

Types of Career Changes at 50+

There are four main types of career changes that people make in their 50’s. Each type has it’s unique set of challenges and will very in the degree of preparation required to make the change.

Industry Career Change

In this career change, a person remains in the same field but switches industries.

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With an industry change, a person takes their set of skills and applies them to an industry that they have no previous experience in.

An example would be a salesperson in the oil and gas industry becoming a salesperson for a media (advertising) company. They are taking their skill set (selling) and applying it to a different industry (media).

This type of career change is best accomplished by doing a lot of homework on the industry you want to get into as well as networking within the industry.

Functional Career Change

A functional career change would be a change of careers within the same industry.

For example, an accountant at a pharmaceutical company who changes careers to become a human resources manager. It may or may not be with the same company, but they remain within the pharmaceutical industry. In this case, they are leaving one set of skills behind (accounting) to develop a new set (human resource) within the same industry.

In a functional career change, new or additional training as well as certifications may be required in order to make the switch. If you are considering a functional career change, you can start by getting any training or certifications needed either online, through trade associations or at your local community college.

Double Career Change

This is the most challenging career change of all. A person doing a double career change is switching both a career and an industry.

An example of a double change would be an airline pilot quitting to pursue their dream of producing rock music. In that case, they are leaving both the aviation industry and a specific skill set (piloting) for a completely unrelated industry and career.

When considering a double career change, start preparing by getting any needed training or certifications first. Then you can get your foot in the door by taking an apprenticeship or part time job.

With a double change, it’s not uncommon to have to start out at the bottom as you are asking an employer to take a chance on someone without any experience or work history in the industry.

Entrepreneurial Career Change

Probably one of the most common career changes made by people in their 50’s is the entrepreneurial career change.

After 20 to 30 years of working for “Corporate America”, a lot of people become disillusioned with the monotony, politics and inefficiency of the corporate world. Many of us dream of having our own business and being our own boss.

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By this time in our life, we have saved some money and the financial pressures we had with young children have passed; so it’s a perfect time to spread our entrepreneurial wings.

Entrepreneurial career changes can be within the same industry and using your existing knowledge and contacts to start a similar business competing within the same industry. Or it can be completely unrelated to your former industry and based on personal interests, passions or hobbies.

A good example would be someone who played golf as a hobby starting an affiliate marketing website selling golf clubs. If you are considering an entrepreneurial career change, there are a lot of very good free resources available on the internet. Just be sure to do your homework.

Practical Tips on Making a Career Change at 50+

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and make a career switch in your 50’s. No matter what your reasons or what type of a career change you are embarking on, here are some helpful hints to make the transition easier:

1. Deal with the Fear

As stated earlier, any big life change comes with both fear and anxiety. Things never seem to go as smoothly as planned, you will always have bumps and roadblocks along the way. By recognizing this and even planning for it, you are less likely to let these issues derail your progress.

If you find yourself becoming discouraged by all of the stumbling blocks, there are always resources to help. Contacting a career coach is a good place to start, they can help you with an overall strategy for your career change as well as the interview and hiring process, resume writing / updating and more. Just Google “Career Coach” for your options.

I also recommend using the services of a professional counselor or therapist to help deal with the stress and anxiety of this major life event.

It’s always good to have an unbiased third party to help you work through the problems that inevitably arise.

2. Know Your “Why”

It’s important that you have a clear understanding of the “why” you are making this career change. Is it to have more free time, reduce stress, follow a passion or be your own boss?

Having a clear understanding of you personal “why” will influence every decision in this process. Knowing your “why” and keeping it in mind also serves as a motivator to help you reach your goals.

3. Be Realistic

Take an inventory of both your strengths and weaknesses. Are your organizational skills less than stellar? Then, becoming a wedding planner is probably not a good idea.

This is an area where having honest outside input can be really helpful. Most of us are not very good at accurately assessing our abilities. It’s a universal human trait to exaggerate our abilities while diminishing our weaknesses.

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Requesting honest feedback from friends and co-workers is a good place to start, but this is another area where a career coach can come in handy.

4. Consider an Ad-Vocation

Sometimes, making a career change all at once is just too big of a change. Issues like a severely reduced income, geography and lack of benefits can all be impediments to your career change. In those cases, you may want to start your new career as an ad-vocation.

An ad-vocation is a second or ad-on vocation in addition to your primary vocation. Things like a part-time job, consulting or even a side business can all be ad-vocations.

The benefit of having an ad-vocation is being able to build experience a reputation and contacts in the new field while maintaining all the benefits of your current job.

5. Update Your Skills

Whether it means acquiring new certifications or going back to school to get your cosmetology licence, having the right training is the foundation for a successful career change.

The great thing about changing careers now is that almost any training or certifications needed can be free or at very little cost online. Check with trade associations, industry websites and discussion groups for any requirements you may need.

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6. Start Re-Branding Yourself Now

Use the internet and social media to change the way you present yourself online.

Changing your LinkedIn profile is a good way to show prospective employers that you are serious about a career change.

Joining Facebook groups, trade associations and discussion boards as well as attending conventions is a great way to start building a network while you learn.

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7. Overhaul Your Resume

Most of us have heard the advice to update our resume every six months, and most of us promptly ignore that advice and only update our resume when we need it.

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When making a career change, updating is not enough; this calls for a complete overhaul of your resume. Chances are that your current resume was designed around your old career which may or may not apply to your new goals.

Crafting a new resume emphasizing your strengths for the new position your looking for is key. There are many places that will help you craft a resume online and it is a service included with most career coaching services.

8. Know Your Timeline

There are a lot of factors when it comes to how long it will take to make the career change.

Industry and Functional career changes tend to be the easiest to do and therefore can be accomplished in the shortest period of time. While the Double Career Change and the Entrepreneurial Career Change both require more effort and thus time.

There are also personal factors involved in the time it will take to switch careers.

Generally speaking the more you are willing to be flexible with both compensation and geography, the shorter time it will take to make the switch.

Final Thoughts

Changing careers at anytime can be stressful, but for those of us who are 50 or above, it can seem to be an overwhelming task fraught with pitfalls and self doubt.

Prospective employers know the benefits that come with more mature employees. Things like a wealth of experience, a proven work history and deeper understanding of corporate culture are all things that older workers bring to the table.

And while the younger generation may possess better computer or technical skills than us, if you’re willing to learn, there are a ton of free or nearly free resources available to you.

Deciding on a career change at 50 is a great way to experience life on your own terms.

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