Elaine B. Greaves, Leadership Expert Says, “Become a Better Boss this Year! Leave Your ‘Leadership Grinch’ Behind by Shedding these 10 Destructive Behaviors"

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At the dawn of a New Year comes the drive to make at least one resolution, with the hope that it will last beyond the second month of the year. This is as good a time as any for business leaders - bosses, managers, supervisors or administrators - to resolve to leave behind, for good, any Grinch-like behavior that negatively affect those they lead or supervise. Resolve to be a better boss in 2012, says Elaine B Greaves, Speaker, Author, Leadership Expert and Coach. This is the opportune time for those bad bosses out there, who rule their employees by fear, intimidation and browbeating, to follow the time-honored tradition and resolve to be better in the New Year and beyond.

Since the culture and work environment of any office is reflected from the top down, resolve to reflect a better attitude towards those you lead and create an atmosphere where employees can flourish and grow.

Become a better boss by leaving the ‘Leadership Grinch’ behind and shedding those behaviors that are destructive to employee morale and workplace satisfaction. “Since the culture and work environment of any office is reflected from the top down, resolve to reflect a better attitude towards those you lead and create an atmosphere where employees can flourish and grow,” says Elaine B Greaves, an attorney, #1 best-selling author, speaker and Leadership Coach.

Leaving behind the ‘bad boss syndrome’ is crucial to fostering respect, increased productivity and employee loyalty. If a company or department is consistently losing good employees, that may be an important clue to get the powers-that-be to look at, among other things, the leadership culture and whether ‘business as usual’ is fostering a toxic workplace environment. The staff may be too intimidated to voice any opinion on the prevailing leadership style so it is incumbent on those who have the power to make changes to check leadership against the ‘grinch-meter’ listed below.

Greaves shares 10 ‘Leadership-Grinch’ behaviors to leave behind this year:

10. If you’re a new leader, learn how things actually work before you change them.

9. Talk to the people you lead and find out what they do before you decide they’re doing it wrong.

8. Consult with and/or give your administrative team the heads-up before making far-reaching unilateral changes.

7. Bawdy bar-room language with or, abusive language directed at, your staff has no place in the workplace.

6. Staying locked up in your ivory tower office and failing to interacting with your staff is the    surest way to engender dysfunction and mistrust.

5. Divulging the confidences of one staff member to another, does not get you respect.

4. Playing favorites doesn’t get you what you need to hear, it only gets you what you want to hear.

3. Respect is earned- don’t expect your staff to respect you just because you’re the boss.

2. Refrain from the SHOUTING email – your staff understands your content even when certain chosen words are not in ALL CAPS.

And the #1 Grinch-like behavior to leave behind for the New Year is:

1. Resist the urge to believe everyone else is an idiot and that you’re the smartest person in the building.

Greaves, who is President and CEO of Season to Success, Inc., is a sought after speaker on Leadership and Success Principles. As a Leadership Expert, she works with lawyers, corporate clients and business owners on how to master effective leadership skills, overcome self-imposed roadblocks and take decisive actions that greatly enhance personal and financial success. She looks forward to sharing her message with your audience.

Greaves is offering a free Leadership Teleseminar on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 7:00pm EST - entitled, “Five Secret Strategies to Your Own Leadership Success.” You can visit her website for further details and to sign up.

Greaves can be reached for an interview or to hire her as a speaker or Leadership coach, contact her via her website.

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