Useless leadership say the Chartered Management Institute

A lack of competence and misplaced confidence among managers is creating a stressed, unfulfilled workforce, the Chartered Institute of Management  (CMI) has warned.

Four in 10 workers feel that their manager’s behaviour is unacceptable and increases their stress levels, with more than a third claiming that they do not enjoy their jobs because of their managers. One in 10 blame their manager for declining health, the CMI survey found.

More than half think that their boss is hesitant or incapable while more than two thirds think that their manager is unapproachable. This has lead to the majority of staff making decisions that they feel unqualified to make, with 10% covering up their mistakes, the CMI said.

Ruth Spellman, CMI chief executive, called on managers to raise their game is industry is to thrive. She said, “It may be the recession that has created a ‘blame culture’ where bosses are scared to ask for help for fear of being seen to be incompetent. Managers need to demonstrate that they are secure in their ability to make wise and sometimes, brave decisions if they are to engage their team and encourage them to succeed.

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2 Responses to Useless leadership say the Chartered Management Institute

  1. Regina Thomas says:

    Leadership is being taken for granted by leaders across several fields. I reckon humility is a basic ingredient, lacking in most leadership. (Apart from the fear of making wrong decisions).

  2. Patrick Bird says:

    Expectations that managers can take on the role of leadership is becoming more pronounced which is fine if the expectations are backed up with good training, mentoring and understanding. Just because the board says that leadership will happen does not mean to say it will unless they are willing to show leadership them selves and invest in their people at all levels.
    It is the old story of moving a fantastic sales person into a management role and that person being mediocre due to lack of training and an understanding of that persons motivations and needs. The same is true of telling a manger they have to become leaders!!

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