I have written types of coworkers article and the response is overwhelming so I decided to write types of bosses that break you. Let’s see if you agree with the list below:
1. The Micro Manager
He manages anything and anyone micro, doesn’t believe in staff empowerment. If he gives you a task, he’ll be checking with you every 15 minutes. When you are done with the assignment, he will alter the document 90%, making you wonder why he didn’t do it himself in the first place.
2. The Meddling Mother
She checks on you at work and outside of work. She ask very personal questions, clean up after everyone and even nags at you when you take unhealthy lunches. The worst part is that she don’t trust anyone in her team and their capabilities. She will tell you that you are not ready for promotion or to climb the next step, even though you have been in the same position for 7 years. Her favorite sentence is “Not that I don’t want to let you spearhead that project but I’m afraid you are not ready and I don’t want to see you fail…” When she said that ten times in a row to you, you know she isn’t ready to let go of her baby – you.
3. The Selfish One
Straight up, easily identifiable, you will have at least one of these in your career lifetime. She only cares about herself and herself only. Whatever you do, doesn’t matter to her as long as it benefit her and doesn’t affect her in a negative way. When she gives speeches about teamwork and team spirit, you know she meant that you work with her and not against her. She only takes the best projects with the best spotlights and leave the rest to you.
4. Mr Insecure
He doesn’t like his staff smarter than him, he loves to hire the meek and quiet ones because he thinks they are safer and would not climb over his position. Those who gets pay raises or better appraisals are the bootlickers and apple polishers. Anytime you have a great idea, he will be the first to shoot it down.
5. The Bully
Myself particularly dislike this kind of bosses of all bad bosses. They would ask you to do everything and take credit for it. He will bully you and use all kinds of tactics to have you submissive to him. Scare tactics, over promises, mind games, peer pressures are some of the daily actions he does in order to get you to do extra work outside your scope and your time or to be agreeable to do things that you don’t feel it is ethical. He doesn’t really care as long as it doesn’t dirty his hands.
6. Mr Lazy
He thinks he is Mr. Macro-Manager, always the generous boss and always sharing. He might be overzealous when comes to work delegation. You seem to do all his work for him, go to his meetings, does his reports while still juggling your own work scope. When you complain, he laughed and said it’s for your own good that he is teaching you the ropes of management. Gives you a pat on the back and probably buy you an expensive lunch before adding more of his workload onto yours. He never takes credits, always pushing you into the spotlight but you does so much of his work, you can’t help but wonder what does he do in the office every day?
Have you come across such a boss in your career life? Share your story with us in the comments below!