Horrible BossIn a previous post, I discussed great leadership qualities. Now it’s time to examine characteristics of horrible bosses. Nobody wants to work for a horrible boss. Being a great boss is essential for the growth of your business. In order for you to be a great boss, you need to avoid having the following four characteristics.  


1. Micromanage

As a business owner, it can be difficult giving up control. You have poured your sweat and tears into your company and you want to make sure everything is done correctly. However, when you micromanage every single task, you stunt your employee’s growth. You’ll never be able to have great leaders if you’re consistently doing everything for your employees. Being a micromanager also creatives a negative work experience and lowers morale. Nobody wants to work with someone constantly hovering over their shoulder. To become a great boss you’re going to have to give up control and give your employees the freedom to make decisions.


2. Insecure

If you are not confident in your abilities your employees will sense that. Once they sense that they will have a hard time respecting you and following your lead. Insecurity can lead to indecisiveness. A great boss needs to be confident in their decisions and make them quickly. Don’t let your insecurities drive you or your business. Hire people who complement your skills and abilities.


3. Angry

Do you find yourself constantly blowing up in front of your employees? Nobody wants to work for someone who is always angry and abusive. At no time it is acceptable for you to criticize your employees in public. If you need to correct an employee, that should be done in private. Once in private you shouldn’t be yelling or cursing at the employee. Calmly communicate to them what they did wrong and coach them how to do it right. Having a short fuse can result in employees being afraid of speaking up. They will fear anything they say will set you off. Leading in fear is not effective. Constantly being angry will spread negativity to your team.


4. Lack of Employee Recognition

Your employees desire your positive feedback and approval. Employees that perform well should be recognized for their efforts. If you fail to recognize your employees’ good work, it will kill their work ethic. They will get the feeling that no matter how well they perform, they will never be able to please you. Find opportunities to focus on your employees’ talents. The more you praise your employees the more invested they will be in their job.


Being a horrible boss can be a detriment to your company. A great boss attracts great employees. Focus on being a great leader and positively coaching your employees.


Jeff Ruby

Jeff Ruby

Founder of RedRock Leadership

During the course of his professional career, he has worked in organizations ranging in size from a sole practitioner to Fortune 500. Included in his experience are roles in starting and selling companies, sales and sales management, training and development and executive coaching.

RedRock Leadership is a sales training and leadership development company committed to growing companies by growing individuals through on-going training infused with the competencies of emotional intelligence.