Here are this week’s links to a few good stories we found and selected. We feel they might add valuable insights and perspectives for small to midsize businesses.

Are you a boss who thinks you might have trouble with employee turnover?

Then perhaps you should read 10 Worst Boss Traits (Ranked in Order of What Makes People Quit Most) by John Brandon. Interestingly, the article also points to a survey that says 44% of respondents quit because of a bad boss.

Find out what’s increasing employee turnover in your company and fix it. Download this guide to learn how.

Mark Henricks, a freelance writer, opens his article with an interesting Q & A.

Q: When is a vacation more than a break from the office?
A: When it’s used as a leader development opportunity that lets a candidate for promotion try out the higher-level position of a colleague who is taking time off from work.

Sure, there are some pitfalls to consider—but the upside could be substantial. Read Could Your Vacation be a Great Time to Develop Leaders at Work? to learn more.

What management style is right for your business?

Melanie Graysmith’s interesting article explores this question in her article of the same name. She identifies five styles that might apply:

  • Active
  • Autocratic
  • Democratic
  • Participatory
  • Servant

After owning and operating a small business for more than 30 years, I have to admit that the style I employed probably involved a piece of all of them with the exception of “Autocratic.” If you have a company with employees who require close supervision, it may work for you. But if you want to grow and prosper, it takes a generous share of creative employees to get you there. The reality is that autocrats and creative thinkers are a bad mix.