What makes a bad boss?

18th Oct 2006
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Workplace culture in the US and the UK might be different – but it seems some things are universal: including moaning about bosses.

A US-based global human resource consulting firm – Development Dimensions International – teamed up with, which describes itself as a bad-boss protection resource site, to find out leadership sins.

Top of the list were:

  • Being everyone’s friend
  • Micromanagement
  • Arrogance – particularly male bosses
  • Inability to delegate – particularly female bosses
  • Risk averse – cited by four times as many male employees as female

The survey also asked for the top three qualities people would like to see in their bosses – trust in employees topped the list followed by honesty and integrity with team building skills in third place.


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