The Officially Bad Boss
All of us have some negative qualities, make mistakes, and mess up. After all, “We’re only human.”
But bad managers seem to collect these traits faster than a hoarder fills a house. If you are working for someone and find yourself nodding vigorously as you read this list, you officially have a bad boss.
What traits would you add to the list?
Everything is about him. Not the organizational goals, but his bonus. Not about the team, but about his individual performance. “How I look” is more important than anything else.
- Steals credit
You work all night to get it done. Instead of praising you, you find your name removed and her name prominently at the top. She basks in the light of your success and barely acknowledges your contribution.
Threats and intimidation mark the way he manages. You are not asked; you are bullied.
- Poor self-awareness
What seems obvious to everyone else, she misses. Her effect on people is something that she completely misses. She never comes back and apologizes or corrects a misunderstanding because she is just not aware of her impact.
- Manages up
Sure, everyone needs to manage up. But, he does it exclusively. His boss loves him. Everyone else sees that he sucks up so much that he has little time for anything else.
- Always right
You are frequently wrong, but she never is. She can never admit a mistake because it would threaten her self-esteem.
- Poor communicator
Information is withheld. Few understand what he means. More time is spent trying to decode the little communication that happens than actually listening to the message.
“A bad boss withholds information in an effort to manipuate.” -Skip Prichard
- Unable to get the best from people
People may stay in the job, but they are not motivated. No one tries to do more than the minimum.
She dictates every last detail. There is no room for creativity or deviation from the plan. You are to execute orders and report back. Constantly.
- Missing in action
He is never around when you need him to make a decision or weigh in.
- Never praises or encourages
If you read a positive word on your performance review, your heart would stop so long you would need a doctor. You never hear a single positive word.
“A bad boss wallows in the negative. A leader seeks the positive.” -Skip Prichard
- Wants only praise and good news
You have a problem, but he will not listen. You lost an account, but you cannot bring it up. Problems must be hidden. Only good news is shared because he cannot seem to handle anything more.
He may praise you, but he doesn’t mean it. His body language betrays his real emotion.