I had the lovely opportunity to work for a drug addict for years. It wasn't difficult, he was, for the most part, a well meaning person. However, he had(has) some crippling attributes that undercut any effectiveness he could have had as a manager and leader. Instead of focusing on what he did, i'd like to highlight three bad habits he had that could have rubbed off and potentially hamstrung my future.
Taking Feedback: Constructive criticism is our friend. Instead of utilizing valuable feedback as a conduit to repair/rebuild/strengthen my personal and professional relationships, I caught myself taking the easy excuses to burn bridges. Not knowing when we are incorrect inhibits our ability to be flexible to an ever changing world.
Verbal Narcissism: We've all met people who fully believe every word that comes out of their own mouth- no matter how ridiculous. When approached with valid concerns from my staff, I caught myself repeating the same platitudes given to me instead of addressing them. Not only did this stunt my growth, it prevented those who relied on me from getting a valuable learning experience.
Shooting for Mediocre: Never be the smartest person in the room if you are trying to grow, and never set your pace by the slowest water buffalo. I measured my success by boss's failures, and not my own accomplishments. "I don't mess up like that guy does" isn't the best tag-line to represent yourself.
Fewer things set more bad habits than having bad management. Not only is it demotivating, it can actually make you less prepared for future opportunities. Don't let others poor habits infect your ability to be your best.