Signs of a Bad Boss

  • He ignores the classic, time honored cliché, “Praise in public, criticize in private.”
  • He gives you assignments and doesn’t follow up.
  • He doesn’t support you when something goes wrong.
  • He thinks everything is fine when it isn’t.
  • He constantly claims that he is empowering you, but isn’t.
  • He micro-manages and needs to know everything.
  • He acts paranoid.
  • He jumps to conclusions.
  • He doesn’t know how to plan, prioritize or organize.
  • If it isn’t his idea, then it can’t be good.
  • He implements two-faced attacks.
  • He tells sarcastic jokes or teases.
The bold ones is the one that I encountered personally.

And believe it or not, even there are books which specially talk about bad boss stuff, , for example Crazzy Bosses written in 1992. Stanley Bing composed it to help people spotting, serving, surviving them - not run away from them.

Reference: http://humanresources.about.com/