Today, I stood up at a networking meeting and asked that question. Over half of the people nodded.

Over half!

My ambition is to rid the UK of poor managers, to give them the tools and skills and confidence to be better managers and leaders.

My hunch is that most people don’t even know that they are being bad managers or that being a bad manager is wrong. Some may want to deny that they are a bad manager, in the same way that we never admit we are bad drivers.

However, there are signs. Higher than average levels of sickness and a steady turnover of staff point to dissatisfied staff and surveys of staff who leave their jobs show that most of them leave because of factors that are within the managers’ control.

A survey by Benchmark, a UK based recruitment company, of over 3,000 people who had quit their jobs showed that a large percentage of employees had issues with their management rather than problems with the job itself or the financial aspect of it.

According to the survey (, almost a quarter (22%) of workers left their job due to a lack of faith in leadership, 19% felt unappreciated, 19% felt disengaged & unmotivated, whereas only 13% cited lack of financial rewards as their reason for leaving. That means 60% of turnover is caused by poor management or leadership in the workplace.

People don’t become good managers by chance. You learn to be a good manager. There are specific skills and behaviours that you can learn, courses you can take, books you can read.

I am running a seminar on 11th March at the Encore Ramada on Charles Street, Leicester. It is called “How to be a great manager”and it will provides 7 key tips to improving your management style. Click here for tickets.