Stupid Boss – Your Boss Qualifies If He Nails Half of These Six Characteristics
To me, it is something this world needs; it is something the modern workplace needs in healthy doses - positivism. The tougher road to a better world – yes, I am idealistic.
The flurry of emails I have been getting on bosses, whether people should quit, the way they are not appreciated and the stress they go through prompted me to pen a few words about bosses.
For those I have not been able to answer personally, I apologize. And here is what I can say about stupid bosses. Someone once told me, there are no stupid bosses, only stupid employees. I am not sure I agree.
Just as there are stupid employees, then so must there be stupid bosses. And yes, even stupid people can climb up the corporate ladder. What qualifies as a stupid boss?
Perhaps, stupid isn’t quite the right word. The better word would be ignorance. These are ignorant bosses who do not know better.
If the boss you are working under ‘passes’ these few tests, then he qualifies as a stupid boss.
1. Always Negative
If you feel he is just negative about you, watch properly. In all likelihood he is negative somewhere else too. He does not know how to look at things from the right view – work or otherwise.
2. Selfish Goal Oriented
If he is always plotting to move up even at the expense of the people under him, he must be a very ignorant person. He does not know that the better his team, the better he is in rising to the top.
3. Poisonous Tongue
Even if he speaks well about you, better beware. If he speaks ill of someone to you, he is likely to speak ill of you to someone else. He is likely to be rude too! He shouts and uses the most impolite words you never use in front of kids.
He even calls you stupid. How can someone who uses his mouth like that be smart? Why would anyone be willing to be led by him?
4. Uncouth Behavior
He takes credit from the team. He is not afraid to present to the boss. But when it is a tough presentation to a client, he will figure out an excuse to get out of it. You often wonder, why doesn’t his boss notice? He will create excuses when he makes a mistake and punishes others for the same mistakes. Leading by example is not in his vocabulary.
5. No Effort
6. Bad Understanding
Does your stupid boss have all of these qualities? Or even half? Then he qualifies as stupid for all his ignorance. Does he also have toxic leadership qualities? If he does, you should think twice about your future under him.
Another book by the same author is Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best... and Learn from the Worst. This book is likely to be one of the more talked about business book this year.
As Dr. Sutton digs into the nitty-gritty of what the best (and worst) bosses do, a theme runs throughout Good Boss, Bad Boss - which brings together the diverse lessons and is a hallmark of great bosses: They work doggedly to "stay in tune" with how their followers (and superiors, peers, and customers too) react to what they say and do. The best bosses are acutely aware that their success depends on having the self-awareness to control their moods and moves, to accurately interpret their impact on others, and to make adjustments on the fly that continuously spark effort, dignity, and pride among their people.
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