Last week I wrote a post about what you should do to add value and increase your standing in the workplace. Now, let’s look at the opposite: If you could deliberately kill your credibility with your boss, what would you do?
Lucky for us, we don’t have to sit down and write a list because Liz Wiseman, author of Multipliers, did that. In her book, Impact Players, she asked 170 leaders what their team members did that most frustrated them. The result is a list of 15 Credibility Killers which are listed below:
- Give your boss problems without solutions.
- Wait for your boss to tell you what to do.
- Make your boss chase you down and remind you what to do.
- Don’t worry about the big picture; just do your piece.
- Ask your boss about your next promotion or raise.
- Send long, meandering emails.
- Bad-mouth your colleagues, create drama, and stir up conflict.
- Surprise your boss…with bad news…at the last minute…when nothing can be done.
- Ask to revisit decisions that have already been made.
- Leave out inconvenient facts and the other side of the story.
- Blame others for your own mistakes.
- Agree to your boss’s face but disagree behind his or her back.
- Tell your boss that something is not your job.
- Listen to your boss’s feedback, then ignore it.
- Show up late to meetings, multitask, interrupt others.
I laughed out loud when I read the list because as a leader myself, the first 5 are the ones that tick me off the most!
Anyway, what do you think of the list? As an employee, do you recognize any of these behaviors in yourself?