5 Bad Boss Traits You Must Avoid

Did you know three out of four employees have a bad boss?

Hopefully the figurative three employees aren’t your employees. You could find that you think you’re a leader, your title has “manager” or “director,” but your team sees you with resentful eyes. Studies revealed about 68% of employees leave a job because their boss sucks! The time is now to think about how you approach management.

The dishonorable side of leadership where responsibility is thrown away in order to abuse the power is a very real thing. We have you covered though.

We identified 5 dishonorable traits and habits, in the form of short phrases, for managers like you to avoid becoming a bad boss.

  1. “I know it all” – Good leaders never have all of the answers and the one that thinks so is bad for business. Before their lack of wisdom becomes everyone’s downfall, help them see that they need to figure things out and ask the right questions when the answers aren’t so clear.
  2. “I fear change” – Change is scary and the business world is always changing. Yeah, that’s no comfort but stay with us here. Fearing change is paralyzing to your development and to facilitating the success of a team. Accept change and acknowledge that it is scary. See where you work best and get into making the most of changes happening.
  3. “I fail and never learn” – If you’re failing as a habit, you better hope you have something you can hang your hat on. You need to find out why, when, how, and what you fail at consistently. We have something for you about bouncing back from failure.
  4. “This is all about me” – You’re not a damn island. You’re the head, but this operation is not about just you and your career. Managers are connected to organization growth, their personal career and the livelihoods of their employees. To think your work is all about you is truly doing a dishonor to your career. Get some perspective about how this ecosystem works.
  5. Yes, absolutely (always)” – Yes men and women cannot prioritize; they neglect to think, are unassertive, and prefer to maintain the status quo. Leaders need to challenge and progress you and the organization. They can start by saying “no.”


  1. “I don’t care” – We said 5 dishonorable leadership traits, but what’s one more in your brain? Lacking empathy is about the sum of these previous bad leadership traits and also shows a lack of accountability and lack of self leadership. Fixing this trait means you have to pay attention to your employees, ramp your awareness of your team and organization, and drop the judgment when you don’t agree with others.

Leadership has an ugly side and some people relish in being a bad boss. See where you might have an issue here so that you can stomp it out at your organization. Better leaders lead to a more engaged staff.



Denis Coleman

Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.

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