Leadership WTF: 10 Signs of a Bad Boss

First, leadership is a myth. Like Cinderella, we desperately hope for a knight or princess to sweep us off our feet and take us away to live in a magical castle and live happily ever after  BWAHHAHAHHA!

Leadership is like love. We wish for a perfect match, but realize too late that the warts are still on the damn frog. If there is one thing I have learned about leadership in my journey toward a PhD in the discipline (can you really refer to a fairy tale as a discipline? $175,000 in crippling student debt can’t be wrong) is that leadership is a wispy, shadowy thing that is fleeting at best and maddening at its worst.

So where does that leave us? Reality, baby. There are bad bosses and (wait for it), bad employees. I’m picking on the bad bosses first because it’s my blog and I can. Have no fear boss lady/man, I’ll get to crummy employees next.

10 signs that your boss sucks:

  1. You cry at work.
  2. You cry at home, about work.
  3. You go to bed at night and wake up in the morning, wondering if you will have a job the next day.
  4. The sound of his/her voice calling your name sends a chill down your spine.
  5. You watch, “The Devil Wears Prada” and wish you had a boss that understanding.
  6. You walk wear 4 insoles to prevent crushing the eggs that you tread daily.
  7. You keep relevant clipping of Dilbert comic strips at your desk and your boss doesn’t think they are funny.
  8. Your boss ignores you or torments you; both are equally frustrating.
  9. You have to buy groceries with a credit card and your boss just went to Jamaica after receiving his/her company bonus.
  10. You dodge staff meetings based on the tempest generated by your boss’s temper, mood or general attitude.

So what do you do about it?  There is no easy answer (sorry), but I can give you some very practical tips on how to avoid choking the dizzy bastard until one of two things happens; a. you learn to manage it  or b. you find a different job. Either way works for me, but at the end of the day, it’s important to remember that it’s a friggin’ job and no amount of sugar will enhance the taste of a piece of crap. So strap in kiddies, this isn’t a fairy tale, not even sure if I can provide any advice that is useful, but it may make you smile instead of tripping your boss on the way to her/his 3 hour power lunch.




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