3) Being absent. – Even if your business is running smoothly without you having to be in the office from 9 to 5, a good boss is always present. Whether it is to conduct meetings or solve problems in person, let your employees know you are there for them and the business at all times.

4) Overworking your employees. – It’s understandable to require a few weekend or late night working sessions if a deadline is looming, however, working your employees like indentured servants never assists when vying for the Boss of the Year Award.

5) Giving Horrible Instruction and Feedback. – As a leader it is your job to LEAD. An effective leader gives clear and concise directions to his/her employees so they may do their job. Additionally, it is imperative to give consistent feedback so all employees are fully aware of their contributions, or lack thereof, to the company.

Are you a bad boss?

Rashida Maples, Esq. is Founder and Managing Partner of J. Maples & Associates (www.jmaplesandassociates.com). She has practiced Entertainment, Real Estate and Small Business Law for 9 years, handling both transactional and litigation matters. Her clients include R&B Artists Bilal and Olivia, NFL Superstar Ray Lewis, Fashion Powerhouse Harlem’s Fashion Row and Hirschfeld Properties, LLC.

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