Your manager typically has a HUGE influence on what your job actually looks like from day-to-day, and what your career path will be in the future.
There’s a quite popular saying that goes: “employees don’t quit their jobs, they quit their managers.” And there’s a lot of truth in that saying if you think about it.
Your manager – or boss – typically has a HUGE influence on what your job actually looks like from day-to-day, how you feel about coming into work, and what your career path will be in the foreseeable future. Your relationship with them is so crucial that you often have to manage them to some extent too, as an employee, to keep things going smoothly (read about how to manage your manager – and yes it’s a thing).
We can’t say that this popular saying (that people quit managers, not jobs) is 100% true at all times though: there are many different things that impact any employee’s happiness at work, plus studies have shown that there are other reasons besides their manager that are just as likely to drive employees to quit. But all things considered, you still can’t overlook the impact your manager typically has on your work-life. It couldn’t be more true than if you’re so unlucky as to have a bad manager.
Since we’ve already done a roundup of qualities of great leaders that people really love (it’s one of our best articles of all time), we figured why not do something similar…except this time a roundup of top qualities that make a bad manager. To do just that, we went and asked a couple of dozen experts to weigh in on this one simple question:
“What are some unmistakable qualities of a bad manager?”
Their answers all boiled down to 15 undesirable qualities that, when exhibited in the workplace, wreaks havoc on employee happiness and morale… and yes, drives employees to quit. Keep in mind that these don’t include obvious negative qualities that you likely wouldn’t want to find in anyone you work closely with let alone your manager, such as lack of ethics or morale compass, arrogance, and self-centeredness.