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Part IX: Coping with Dreadful Bosses > Intolerable Boss Behavior

Chapter 25. Intolerable Boss Behavior

The first of the following two lists includes supervisory behaviors that some would find unacceptable. The second list includes strategies people have used to cope with them:

  • Personal Quirks This person may demonstrate exaggerated normal characteristics to the point of creating problems. For example, a commitment to quality work can lead to perfectionism; friendliness can lead to an exaggerated need to be liked, with consequent neglect of job tasks. Psychological problems such as depression, drug and alcohol abuse or mental disabilities can result in unpredictable behavior.

  • Slave-Driver Bosses A slave-driver supervisor may threaten, criticize and unreasonably demand work from employees. This boss may set unrealistically high expectations, not accept disagreement and use power and a biting tongue to dominate and manipulate employees.

  • Incompetent Bosses This boss cannot make a decision or may avoid contact with employees. This manager may cave in easily to pressure or change direction frequently and without warning. S/he does not know how to manage people.


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