Types Of Bad Bosses And How To Handle Them

Posted 5 years ago •

Do you ever find yourself looking at your boss and thinking ‘how did they get this job?’.

Do you reckon you could do better if the roles were reversed?

If you’re finding it difficult to get through the day with your manager at the helm, see our tips for dealing with a dreadful boss.




The credit-taker

After completing a big project, it’s always great to receive some recognition for your efforts. However, if your well-deserved limelight is taken away by somebody else in the team, that isn’t fair, especially if that person is your manager. Only bad leaders take credit over those who did the lion’s share of the job.  If the problem continues, confront them or talk to someone else in the team to get their view.

The invisible man

A boss who leaves you to manage your own workload isn’t always a bad thing. But, some issues can arise because of this style at times. You may end up feeling directionless and unsure about deadlines. Try to take initiative and set your own goals. Communicate with colleagues and speak up if you need help. If you feel comfortable, talk to your manager too and let them know how you feel. They might not realise their management style is having a bad influence on your performance.

Micro manager

Is your manager a control freak? No one wants to be micromanaged; it’s annoying and intrusive. Your boss might have the best intentions, but you don’t want to feel like you’re being looked after by a babysitter forever. Try and get into your manager’s good books early on – work hard and win their trust. Once they’ve seen you are more than capable of doing a good job, hopefully they give you some space! 

The bully

A bullying boss is the worst kind – they intimidate, threaten and do everything in their power to make you feel small. It might not be easy but try to put your foot down (in a respectful way) as soon as bullying behaviours begin. Tell your manager you don’t appreciate being spoken down to. If you feel uncomfortable doing this, go to your HR department who will be able to help you.

The mixed bag

One day they’re your best mate and the next they don’t acknowledge your presence. Their unpredictable mood swings make you feel on edge and unsure of where you stand. So, what do you do? Don’t take their moods personally. If you can tell they’re in a bad mood early on, avoid! You never know what is going on in someone’s personal life, so sometimes it’s best to steer clear of any confrontation.


Try and learn how to control your responses to your manager’s actions. At the end of the day, they’re trying to do their best and have stress to deal with that you may not be aware of. However, repeated unacceptable behaviour cannot be tolerated. If your boss becomes unbearable, talk to other members of your team or HR.

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