Liverpool has some of the worst bosses in the UK, study claims

Data from independent job site CV-Library shows 86.4% of workers in the city say they have a boss with poor leadership skills with more than half describing them as ‘unprofessional’. Tony McDonough reports

Liverpool has some of the worst bosses in the country, the CV-Library study has found

Some of the worst bosses in the country are to be found in Liverpool, a new study claims.

Data from independent job site CV-Library shows 86.4% of workers in the city say they have a boss with poor leadership skills.

This was the second highest percentage in the country behind Cardiff on 88.5%.

The survey asked 1,200 UK workers about their experiences of leadership in the workplace

Poor communication

It found that some of the worst traits of bad bosses in Liverpool included being unprofessional (52.6%), poor communication skills (38.6%), favouring certain employees (36.8%), having unclear expectations (26.3%) and thinking they’re better than everyone else (23.7%).

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director CV-Library, said: “Bad management is often cited as the top reasons for employees becoming stressed at work or worse still, leaving organisations altogether.

“It’s no surprise that our findings highlight some of the repercussions that poor leadership can bring about.

Best practice

“Workers want to feel supported in their day-to-day job, and often depend on a strong leader to look up to, approach if things get tough and rely on for help on a daily basis.

“Organisations across the city that don’t promote best practice when it comes to leadership will inevitably bear the brunt when it comes to talent retention.”

Best qualities

According to the study, 72.7% of employees living in Liverpool believe that they’d make a good leader, with the key reasons behind this including: because they’re approachable (28.1%), are confident (21.8%), are good at communicating (15.6%) and are a good motivator (12.5%).

The research found that the best leadership qualities were: confidence (52.3%), open mindedness (40.9%), honesty (36.4%), positivity (31.8%), passion (29.5%), motivational (27.3%), trustworthiness (20.5%).

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