Food for Thought Friday – What Makes a Bad Boss?

by Jennifer Miller on August 31, 2012

in Food for Thought Friday

Best boss ever buttonHow many bosses have you worked for?

Do a mental tally – of those bosses, how many were what you’d call “bad” bosses? (You decide the definition of “bad”.)





Would you do me a favor?

Jot a few thoughts in the comments section to this statement:

A bad boss is one who _________________________

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Prasad Reddy August 31, 2012 at 8:09 am

A bad boss is one who
a. Does not respect me as an individual,
b. Does not clearly tell me what is expected of me
c. Does not allow me to take decisions.

Paul (@minutrition) McConaughy August 31, 2012 at 8:51 am

A bad boss is one who doesn’t make the decisions that prevent me from getting on with my job.

Suzie August 31, 2012 at 10:24 am

A bad boss is one who lacks integrity and character which leads to poor decision-making and unprofessional behaviors.

Jane Perdue August 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

A bad boss is one who…
…hands out an assignment and then completes it him/herself.
…is caught in one-dimensional power over command and control operating mode.
…all about me.

Mike Henry Sr. September 1, 2012 at 6:18 am

A bad boss is one who…
… instructs when I know what to do.
… disengages when I need help or support.
… treats me like I am inferior.

Disclaimer: I’ve done many of these suggestions if anyone’s counting. 🙂

Nabomita September 1, 2012 at 6:32 am

A bad boss is one who micromanages . I respect authority , but growth in my understanding will come with a certain degree of autonomy in my role. Promotions and hikes , will remain business directed. A boss needs to remain a leader and not a manager.

Roy September 1, 2012 at 7:41 am

A bad boss is one who…
– Is too busy having meetings to talk to team members
– Uses the “talk to the hand” gesture when asked a tough question
– Solicits “grapevine” information about team members for power plays later

In general, the bad boss is completely wrapped up in maintaining her/his political power rather than thinking about team needs, direction and goals. This type of boss is, however, terrific to learn from: Do the opposite of everything they do, and you will do well.

Guy Farmer September 3, 2012 at 1:39 am

Great question Jennifer. I’d say many bosses would benefit from increasing their self-awareness and improving their listening skills. Cheers, Guy.

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