We’ve all heard the adage, “people don’t leave companies, they leave bad bosses.”  Bad bosses cost companies untold millions in hiring replacement employees, lost productivity, and medical leaves. While bad bosses come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities, here are some of the more common types:

  1. The Hider – This boss hide in their office all day. While they work hard (we assume), they don’t possess the interpersonal skills to lead or support the team. You will never be able to call on this boss to resolve conflicts, stand up to other departments, or have critical conversations.  They seem downright uncomfortable mingling with the rest of the team.
  1. The Noodle – “Noodle” refers to the state of their backbone.  Alvin causes 90% of the problems on the team, but this manager does not have the courage to deal with it.  Any other manager would have fired Alvin years ago, but not this boss.  Avoiding uncomfortable situations is this manager’s strength.  A “noodle” and “hider” combo is not unusual (many of us enjoy not seeing our boss all day).
  1. The Meeter“I can’t take another meeting for goodness sake, please, please make a decision and just send me an email. I promise I won’t be mad.”  This boss has a fetish for conference rooms.  They must.  Why else would they call so many meetings?
  1. The Magician – This boss makes Criss Angel look like a party clown. Their ability to disappear is amazing.  How do you go to the mailroom and come back with a new pair of shoes? That’s right, we moved the mailroom to Macy’s – my bad. 
  1. The Kid – This has nothing to do with age. It’s about their maturity.  This boss will never admit they are wrong, will never admit a mistake, and can pout better than any 5-year-old.

Do any of these look familiar?  I know I am only scratching the surface so feel free to add your own.

Here is a great article and infographic from the Huffington Post detailing the high cost of having bad bosses.

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