What kind of people are the worst kind of bosses? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Karen Arluck, Clinical Psychotherapist, on Quora:

There are so many characteristics that can make someone a "terrible boss." Unfortunately, most people have experienced at least one terrible type of boss, if not many more. From my personal and professional experience, here is a list of some of the worst characteristics among "bad bosses":

  • Bosses who are managing positions that they do not fully understand and/or have never performed themselves, but who do not wish to learn anything from their employees or customers, and simply insist that they know better.
  • Bosses who are low on empathy and other types of emotional intelligence.
  • Bosses who use their power to humiliate people, blame others for their mistakes, or as a means to boost their ego.
  • Bosses who do not really know what they want, but insist on perfection despite not being able to adequately clarify what they are looking for.
  • Bosses who secretly or not so secretly look down on the people who work for them, or the customers of the company.
  • Bosses who do not tell an employee when they are unhappy with them, but instead harbor resentment and eventually act it out towards them, and/or fire them without any warning or opportunity for the employee to improve.
  • Bosses who engage in any type of illegal behavior, and knowingly put their employees at risk.
  • Indecisive bosses who constantly change their mind, direction, assignments, goals, and projects, creating frustration, poor time management, and negative morale among their employees.
  • Bosses who blame their mistakes on other people, including those people who work for them, and/or "throw their team under the bus" whenever confronted by a superior.
  • Bosses who continually infringe on their employee's personal time regarding matters that are not urgent, simply because the boss had something on their mind.
  • A boss who does not realize they are not a bad boss.

There are so many characteristics that can lead to someone not being a good boss.

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Published on: Jul 30, 2018