So, You’re a Jerk


describe the imageMost of us work for a jerk – seriously, according to a new Gallup poll, 82 percent of U.S. managers are wrong for the job. But what if YOU are the jerk?

Research shows that as many as 75 percent of managers have trouble managing their behavior, which means if you have people working under you, odds are some of them think you’re a jerk. So, what can you do?

  • Start with self-awareness. Since most people, especially managers, are generally unaware of how others see them, valid assessment methods such as personality tests or 360-degree feedback provide an objective view of your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Compensate with alternative behaviors. Use positive behaviors to rebuild a reputation marked by counterproductive behaviors.
  • Support weakness with resources. If you have clear weaknesses, sometimes the most effective development strategy is to compensate by supporting them with additional resources.
  • Redesign your job or assignment. Most managers got where they were because they were a valuable individual contributor. If this is the case, sometimes companies may alter your job requirements to remove roles in which you struggle.