4 traits of a bad boss

When you have a bad boss, figuring it out eventually is inevitable. Here is a list of some of the common types of bad bosses, though, so that you can spot the problem early on – and maybe consider switching jobs. If you are a boss, keep reading – so you know what not to do.

1. The Control Freak – Control freak bosses micromanage their employees, both wasting company time and resources and preventing employees from having the opportunity to develop their own ideas and shine.

2. Pseudo Best Friend – Some bosses try way too hard to be every employee’s best friend. A truly cool boss is great, but when that amiability isn’t sincere, it can make the entire relationship awkward and lacking in trust.

3. The Eternally Unavailable – Bosses are busy, but there’s a difference between busy and negligent. It can be incredibly frustrating from an employee’s perspective and it can slow down the company’s productivity when workers have to deal with a supervisor who takes a week to respond to simple emails.

4. The Incompetent Lackey – Some people only end up becoming bosses because they knew the right people or diligently served as somebody’s lackey for far too long. When they actually get promoted to a supervisory role themselves, they’re completely incompetent – and often extremely difficult to handle given their virtually unfireable lackey status.

Can Akdeniz

Can Akdeniz is the author of seven books and founder of Business Hacker, a popular business blog. His books such as Go Nuts, Cool Boss, Happy Company and MBA 2.0 have changed how people think about business, productivity and work.