13 Characteristics of a Horrible Boss
According to a sales-force survey the #1 reason employees quit their job is to get away from their BOSS.
I am not a psychologist or counselor by any stretch of the imagination, but I have had my share of horrible bosses over my career. Let’s take a look at 12 things that I know to be true. All of these may not be present in your “Horrible Boss”, but I bet you can relate to a few of the ones listed below.
- Control: They need control over everything. They also have a problem relinquishing any bit of their control. This is control over people, processes, products, procedures, you name it.
- Stubborn: Ever have a boss that thought he/she was always right? Sometimes even if it was a bad decision for the company, the boss continued pressing forward as if they were 100% accurate in their decision.
- Indecisive: Sometimes I have seen bosses that can’t seem to make a quick decision or for that matter, a decision at all. Great leaders can act decisively at any time.
- Resistant: Do you know the person that is resistant to change? Often times failing to understand that change can be a good thing. Imagine if we still road horses to work, right?
- Micro-manager: You know this type. Always looking over your shoulder and telling you how to do things. They don’t realize this actually takes away from employee growth and certainly uses up a lot of everyone’s time.
- Ghosting: This is the opposite of Micromanaging. In this situation the boss is never around almost like a ghost. You are left to figure things out on your own.
- Fear: Yep, you guessed it, some people lead using fear as the motivation tool. Have you ever heard someone say “if you don’t get this done, you are fired”? Frankly, this is ridiculous.
- Vision-less: Some bad bosses have no real vision into the future of the business or the employees. It is only right here and right now. A clear vision and long term view is critical to a business’ success and the success of the employees.
- Arrogance: No one cares that you made all-stars in little league or you once managed a team of 35 people. The employees don’t want to hear you brag about yourself, rather show them the path forward.
- Favoritism: Oh, this is a good one. Having a favorite employee only makes that employee feel special and undermines and demoralizes the rest of the team.
- Angry: You know the boss that walks around the office or plant angry all the time. The employees don’t want to approach because he/she will probably just yell at them.
- Emotion: The best decisions are rarely made purely on emotion. “We need to fire him, because he makes me angry just to look at him” is something a bad boss would say. To become a better boss simply use data and the facts.
- Blame: You better believe a bad boss will absolutely throw you under the bus and then take 100% of the credit if the project or task goes right.
Do you have a Bad Boss?
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