Here is my comment to the article: “Ten Things Only Bad Managers Say” from Business Week Magazine:
Some recommendations: Use personality screening tests before promoting managers. Do a background check with persons the manager has managed at other companies. Get feedback from current co-workers about a candidate’s relational skills. Use 360 degree anonymous feedback after hiring or promotion to anticipate problems. In interviews, question candidates with hypothetical work situations to see how they would likely respond. Set up measures for the manager on relational abilities at work. If the manager is open to change, and is self-aware of relational problems, provide him with a performance coach and additional training. But if a manager is sucking the life out of his team by authoritarian, fear-based tactics, remove him from the position before he causes more harm.