Research shows that managers account for at least 70% of variance in employee engagement scores.
The 12 scariest bosses:
- Ghost boss – only shows up when things go wrong.
- Wart boss – loves to point out what’s wrong. (Cousin to the ‘witch on a broom boss’ who flies around complaining.)
- Screaming boss – loses emotional control and gets over it quickly. Volatile bosses create eggshell environments.
- Hide in the shadows boss – lets others handle tough issues.
- Boney finger boss – puts you on the spot in front of others.
- One eyed boss – only sees things from one viewpoint.
- Blind boss – hopes tough issues will vanish on their own.
- Blind boss #2 – has no idea about your talent, strengths, and passions.
- Zombie boss – craves results but never talks. Related to the ‘vampire boss’.
- Scary mask boss – tells you one thing and tells something else to others.
- Princess boss – does everything well. Bosses that don’t have weaknesses are scary idiots who believe they know more than everyone else.
- Long-nose boss – looks down on your talent and minimizes your effort.
5 tips for dealing with scary bosses:
#1. Never let a scary boss be justification for self-sabotage.
A lazy boss is your opportunity to learn new skills, make unique contribution, and improve your resume’.
Don’t shoot yourself in the foot to punish a lousy boss.
#2. Don’t complain.
Your boss’s boss already knows you have a scary boss and has chosen to tolerate it.
What response do you receive when you bring up concerns?
When your boss’s boss justifies scary behavior, the situation will continue.
#3. Thrive in adversity.
Look for new employment but thrive until you find something better.
#4. Accept it.
If you plan to stay, accept the situation unless it’s unethical or illegal.
What type of boss do you wish you had? Become that person.
What scary bosses have you seen?
What suggestions do you have for navigating scary bosses?
10 Signs You’ve Got a Really Scary Boss (Inc)
How to Deal with a Bad Boss According to a Career Coach (NBC news)