First of all cheer up.
Remember even if it were true and you were a bad manger, that DOES NOT MEAN, you’re a bad PERSON.
Being able to manage people is a hard job, that is why there are so few good ones. I can only think of three people in 30 years of working I’d call excellent managers. Most have been average or below average.
Let’s think this over
Do you need to be an asshole? The person who told you this IS an asshole. Would you want to be like him? So the answer is no. You may need to correct your style or your behaviours but being a jerk is never the answer.
Start with this
Are your goals unrealistic or impossible? If it’s impossible, you need to find out what happens when you fail, because you will and mitigate the failure. If they are unrealistic you need to do things, like enquire about overtime. I found when I could document an unrealistic goal, to wit, the only answer was overtime, that somehow the goal got changed.
We have a horrible economy with too many people out of work. This leads many to believe they can simply fire any deadwood. In some cases this is so. But most often this doesn’t help, unless people are deadwood.
Now ask yourself, are you people not being productive enough?
If so you need to be assertive, not a jerk to encourage them to work at their capacity.
So people rebel at this. I recall when I ran a call center the employees were complaining the guidlines were too unrealistc. So I stepped in, in front of them and announced since the guidelines were too unrealistic, I’d do it and I did. Once I showed the guidelines were do-able, the others fell in line.
Of course you may not be able to do that if the tasks are too specific, but you get the idea
Some upper management never gets the idea of having a staff.
When I hired on to a start up company in the late 90s, one of the two owners looked at Bill the other owner and said, “Why do we need him as a manager, if your staff would do as they were told we wouldn’t need to waste money on his salary to watch over them.”
OK he had a very GENERAL point, but not a realistic one.
Again, realize even if you are at fault, your not a bad person, just a person who’s management skills need to be corrected.
Start at worse case senerios and work back.
You get fired, the company loses contract, you get demoted…
Seek out a case and find an answer.
Bullying does work to a degree. Your boss bullied you and you got worried and posted the question. But while bullying may work for a few workers, it doesn’t lead to long term answers