There aren’t many things worse than having a bad manager.  Not only does it make you dislike your job but it’s extremely demotivating to come into work every day.  It leads to constant thoughts of changing jobs and quitting.

Recent statistics show 60% of new managers in the US fail every single year. Which means many professionals face this nightmare every single day.  What must start to happen is professionals in management roles have to start upping their game.  In order to do that, managers first must know what they are doing today that is causing them to fail in their job.

Here are 10 reasons managers fail and what you can do about it.

1. Don’t focus on relationships

2. Think about #1 first

3. Never ask for feedback

4. Don’t “love” the team

5. Looking ahead to the next job

6. No mentor

7. Poor meetings

8. Doesn’t invest in development

9. No standards & accountability

10. All command no choice

If you find yourself struggling as a manager and some of these reasons are a reality with your team, remember my favorite Latin term “Nunc Coepi” which means, “today I begin.”  Start fresh today!

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About the Author John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company which exists to turn managers into leaders and create healthier places to work. John was named one of LinkedIn’s 2017 Top Voices in Management & Workplace and was awarded the 2017 Readership Award by Training John is also the host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. He is also the author the upcoming book “Elevate Others: The New Model to Successfully Lead Today.” You follow him on instagram @johngeades.


  1. There is one and the most important thing missing: if the manager is just a manager, just another online MBA with no technical skills of the team they are managing, they will never be successful. Or else, fresh graduates in engineering are anxious to get the titles but they have zero technical expertise which can be only developed by experience in project engineering and daily work. How can you be a team leader is you don’t knwo what it is to be a part of the team? Very often these days managers have nothing to do with the trade they manage, and you can’t hide your incompetence no matter how touchy-feely-friendly you are with the team which… how to say it PCeeshly… irrelevant. How could you respect and recognise a manager who is mediocre or less in your profession? To have a privilege to manage, you have to be brilliant in your profession first.

  2. Managers today have a reality that is stacked against them from the moment they are hired by a company. In a small business or adverage size company the manager is the one who assures the owner or their boss all time lines will be kept and things are as productive as possible. The YES MAN
    These managers are constantly scrambling and running a rat race trying to just meet deadlines. The only way the manager in a small business can be effective is to not promise something can be done without first completing a task of similar nature. They need to be honest with the boss and not just be a Yes guy but give accurate figures. So many times you see customers waiting for items due to poor management. Employees work faster but the quality is poorer. Employees constantly absorb the pressure of the management who failed to plan accordingly.

    Trackers are a must
    Plan time for quality assurance
    For Each major task do a after action reviews. Sustains, improves, and what your going to do different when you have to do it again.
    Consultation from the ones doing the physical work to gain insight.
    Listen more and think before you speak
    Don’t start assembly until all parts are present, there is nothing worse than having no place left to work and you can not finish anything due to not having the parts.
    Be honest and fair even if at times you had made a mistake. Acknowledge the fact that your human and grow with it

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