25 Perfect Examples of Bad Managers

Signs of a Bad Manager | Types of Bad Bosses

Nothing is worse than working for a bad boss. It’s almost impossible to fix problems when the boss is the cause of them in the first place. When things go wrong, everyone in the workplace suffers because of the turmoil bad managers creates. It can be a pretty trying experience working for a bad manager.

What is a Bad manager?

A bad manager is someone who cannot manage other people or themselves well or the right way. A bad manager lacks the qualities of an effective leader. For example, if employees constantly asking advice from someone else because they’re confused about what they have to do, that means their boss might be a bad manager.

The traits of both good and bad managers produce different results. A good manager has an emotional intelligence that helps them to identify what motivates their employees, while a bad manager often uses fear to manage people that usually lead to poor performances in the workplace.

There are many types of bad bosses almost in every workplace frustrating, demoralizing, and pushing people to quit their jobs.  But how do you tell you’re one of them? If you want to know, here are 25 perfect examples of bad managers:

1. Expect a lot and deliver little

Expect your employees to work very hard for you, but make sure you give them very little in return. Specifically, don’t be there to support them when they navigate challenges at work or otherwise.

Instead, you just add unnecessary pressure on top of everything else they have going on.

2. You have bad priorities

Most bad bosses have bad priorities because they’re bad at making decisions that benefit the organization’s long-term success (not necessarily their own).

They’re bad at setting goals, prioritizing tasks, estimating timeframes for completing projects, and deciding what provides the most value for the company.

Bad managers ignore things that matter and spend too much time worrying about things that don’t.

3. Don’t admit when you’re wrong

Making reckless mistakes is bad enough, but you can almost always make it worse by not owning up to your mistakes as a bad manager.

Even if you find it hard to apologize or admit your faults as a leader, there are ways you can acknowledge your fault without coming off looking like a total jerk.

Read also: 8 Examples of What to Tell Your Manager to Improve On

4. You blame others for your bad mistakes

You always blame other people for something that you’ve done wrong. You find it easier to do that than admitting your wrongdoing.

People lose faith in the direction you’re taking them because bad leaders usually have no idea where they want to take their teams. It’s all about themselves, not the team.

5. Don’t know how to be a team player

Teamwork is always more efficient than working alone. When you’re managing a group of people, you can set boundaries but not seclude yourself completely.

However, bad managers can’t fathom having a close relationship with team members. Instead, they chose to keep everyone at arm’s length for fear of people getting to know them better.

6. You are addicted to bad news

Negativity surrounds bad managers because they’re constantly worried about what could go wrong rather than focusing on what’s going right within the workplace.

It may sound like good management qualities at first, but bad managers are more likely to lose faith in their employees.

7. You lack a sense of humor

A bad boss can be sensitive and easily offended by even the harmless jokes against them. If you say something funny about a bad boss at work, chances are, they will get hurt feelings over it despite joking being part of working in a team.

Having a manager with no sense of humor is bad. They just don’t get it and eventually encourage their employees not to engage in any humor activities at work.

8. You don’t do your job

All joking aside, what is a shocker is that most bad managers can’t be bothered with what’s happening on the ground floor or in their team. Many bad managers don’t have a clue about how their teams work.

And this often leads them into making bad decisions without thinking through it first and maybe can end up firing someone with no reasons to justify it.

Read also: How do You Demonstrate Leading by Example

9. Gossiping behind people’s back

Gossiping can destroy your reputation as a manager because it’s unprofessional behavior that can damage relationships in the workplace.

A gossiping manager likes talking behind people’s back, bad-mouthing them, or saying bad things about their work colleagues. Your actions cause too many bad feelings in your workplace.

10. You feel threatened all the time

A bad boss usually feels threatened by anyone smarter than them. A bad boss will never hire someone more qualified than them.  Also, they will never promote employees up to management positions because of their insecurity.

11. Ignores employees’ ideas

Bad bosses are control freaks who like to have their way at all times. They are not interested in improving the workplace and don’t see employees as people but work machines of little value.  That means if you want to do something different, you need to ask them first.

12. Don’t help your employees to succeed

A bad boss doesn’t help you succeed in your career. Instead, they get in your way to success by undermining you all the time.

A bad manager does not delegate work, support your career growth, and believe in your abilities. They just want you to fail.

13. Damage people’s self-esteem

Many bad bosses like to attack employees’ self-esteem when they feel bad about themselves or are not performing up to their standards.

They will make you feel bad and put all the blame on you, wrecking your confidence and making you question yourself. You will, in turn, be afraid to do anything right for fear of failing.

Read more: 22 Skills and Qualities That Make You a Good Leader

14. You are Mean

A bad manager always bad-mouths their employees in public. A bad boss would ridicule you until you feel bad about yourself.

They also make you look bad before others which makes it difficult for people to trust your abilities.

They use sarcasm, put-downs, yelling, and humiliation to make people feel bad about themselves, so you end up working harder to avoid upsetting the boss.

15. Shows no sign of improvement

You make no effort to adjust your style of leadership. You just keep on badgering your staff to do more, with little or no appreciation shown.

Your bad management style is affecting people’s motivation to work. And that is impacting negatively on productivity, but you don’t care because you are the boss.

16. Play office politics

You’re more interested in climbing the corporate ladder than helping others learn new skills or become better leaders themselves. Your political behavior is holding back everyone around you from progressing.

17. Take credit for other people’s work

You take credit for other people’s work and success and do not acknowledge that they had anything to do with it. Even worse, you don’t give others credit for their ideas.

18. Manipulate others to get what you want

You manipulate other people by giving them subtle hints or instructions while bypassing their feelings because you’re the boss.

Your manipulation is causing frictions within your team, and you’re just too selfish to realize that. You are causing more bad feelings in your team.

19. Do nothing but nitpicking

You tend to focus too much on the smallest detail that you ignore paying attention to the big picture.

Although you may have the technical skills, your bad attention to detail is causing many mistakes and bad choices. But your decisions cause a bad reputation for your employees and the business in general.

Read also: How to Manage Staff Effectively

20. Show favoritism 

A bad boss would use their power to give preferential treatment to their acquaintances or people who bow to them because of their position or power. They will give their friends more time off, overtime pay, and other benefits.

A bad manager would also hold those same people in high regard during the performance reviews because of their relationships with them.

21. Hold grudges

A bad manager often holds grudges that can affect their attitude towards colleagues and team members.

They tend to dwell on past mistakes for too long instead of letting go and move on. Bad bosses are very vindictive people who want to get back at those who wrong them.

If something happened between you and them in the past, they might try to do revenge against you to settle the score.

Holding a grudge is bad for working relationships because it causes unnecessary friction in the workplace.

22. Be disrespectful Mean

A bad manager has no respect for other people so, they treat everyone working under them badly.

He will bad-mouth people in front of others, cursing them out. Or he will use bad body language to act superior.

23. You don’t not take feedback well

A bad boss does not take feedback well and ignores constructive criticism, then begins to practice the same mistakes over and over again.

Instead of receiving feedback positively and work on improvement, bad bosses will brush it off as if it is the employee who needs to work on their behaviors.

24. Considers yourself as above the rules

Bad bosses feel entitled because they think that they are too valuable to be subjected to those organizational protocols, which is important for everyone else but them.

They don’t see it that way. So, they continue to do whatever they want and punish people who dare to disagree with them.

Read also: You are Micromanaging an Employee Who Needs Training

25. You get dismissive

A bad boss gets dismissive when employees request resources. “We’re understaffed.” “You need a raise?” “Just use your vacation days.” Instead of advocating for their staff, bad managers will make unreasonable excuses, and bad excuses are not a substitute for much-needed resources.

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