Practical advice on how to handle a bullying or incompetent boss
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Practical advice on how to handle a bullying or incompetent boss

Daniel Allen Health journalist

Tips on initiating constructive conversations with your boss and where to seek help and support over poor leadership, including your own union, human resources or a Freedom to Speak Up guardian

What makes a bad boss? Bullying behaviour, certainly, but also a tendency to avoid conflict or a failure to address issues that matter to staff. Other bosses, unable to delegate, may micromanage or constantly undermine a nurse’s best efforts. Being disorganised, communication failures, having favourites – there is a long list of traits and behaviours that can limit a leader’s effectiveness.

Mental Health Practice. 27, 4, 16-17. doi: 10.7748/mhp.27.4.16.s6

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