Traits of Horrible Bosses

lessons-from-nightmare-bosses-pan_5567During my career, I’ve had more than one person tell me that their job would be great if not for their boss. As it turns out, these people were not too far off the mark. Creative Boom lists the traits of how horrible a boss can be and how to deal with them.

The Egomaniac
They love the fact that they’re your boss. Their ego is so big, it could travel around the world and back again. They love to be centre of attention. They always have to be right. And if they’re not? The toys will most definitely be thrown out of the pram.

The Solution: Of all the horrible bosses, this one is the easiest to deal with. All you have to do is stroke their ego. Allow them to be centre of attention and give them the impression that you hang on their every word. And that you think the sun shines out of their backside. Say their first name often, as psychologists conclude it’s the sweetest sound in the world to them. Feed the ego and the ego will leave you alone.

There’s also “The Politician”, “The Bitter Lemon” and “The Neglector”, all names that seem to recall Pre-Prohibition Era Cocktails.

Or maybe it’s just that you’ll need a drink after dealing with bosses like these.