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Posted by: Upcoming Events & Expo on 19/04/2017

Traits of A Bad Boss - Managers

Traits of A Bad Boss - Managers

All of us have some negative qualities, make mistakes, and mess up. After all, “We’re only human.” Further, managers everywhere want teams that are effective, focused and committed to organizational goals.

But worst managers seem to collect negative 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 his name prominently at the top. He 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 with threat of intimidation demotion etc.

Poor self-awareness

What seems obvious to everyone else, he misses. He effect on people is something that he completely misses. He never comes back and apologizes or corrects a misunderstanding because he is just not aware of his impact. Rather he puts you in a corner trying to collect more evidence to pin you down.

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 he never is. He can never admit a mistake because it would threaten his 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.

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.


He dictates every last detail. There is no room for creativity or deviation from the plan. You are to execute orders and report back. Constantly.

  1. 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 from him, all what comes from his mouth is how incompetent, corrupt or untrustworthy you are.

“A bad boss wallows in the negative. A leader seeks the positive.” -Skip Prichard

  1. Disingenuous

He may praise you, but he doesn’t mean it. His body language betrays his real emotion.

  1. Creates a culture of distrust and fear

You constantly worry about losing your job. Politics is more important than performance. Your friends may really be enemies.

  1. Unrealistic

Goals are unattainable and everyone knows it. If you question anything, you are told that you lack imagination and have a bad attitude.

“Leaders are optimistic and yet still grounded in reality.” -Skip Prichard

  1. Second guesses

Whatever you do, he is always looking over your shoulder and second guessing every decision.

  1. Under delegation

He plays a martyr, always overworked. He never entrusts others to get the job done.

  1. Makes all decisions

He makes every decision in an autocratic style, never allowing adequate input or group discussion.

  1. Tells you what to do

Instead of convincing and selling his ideas, he issues them like edicts.

“Leaders sell. A boss tells.” -Skip Prichard

  1. Deceptive

You catch him in a web of lies. You leave every meeting thinking about the real intention.

  1. Overly critical

You can do nothing right. He is always sitting with a red pen, ready to mark up your life.

  1. Doesn’t understand people’s skills and talents

He doesn’t know the team well enough to know who is good at what. He assigns people tasks that do not fit their capabilities.

  1. Show no loyalty, respect or appreciation

Loyalty is a one-way highway from you to him. There is no reciprocal loyalty. You feel like you could be sold down the river at any minute.

  1. Manipulative

He is constantly scheming and manipulating others for a grand purpose. The focus is on the game rather than on the customer.

  1. Manages through fear

He fired someone just to show who is in control. He wields power over you to let you know that you could be next.

  1. Vindictive

If you ever cross or disagree with him, you better watch your back. You have seen what he does to enemies.

  1. Inconsiderate

You are embarrassed in public. Meetings are used for public humiliation of colleagues or a team member. Your feelings are never considered important.

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