Different signs of bad manager
Steve Tobak is a consultant, writer, and former senior executive with more than 20 years of
experience in the technology industry. He's the managing partner of Invisor Consulting, a Silicon
Valley-based firm that provides strategic consulting, executive coaching, and speaking services
to CEOs and management teams of small-to-mid-sized companies.
One thing most bad managers have in common is they’re not
consciously aware that they’re bad managers. And if they are aware of it on some level, they’re
probably not willing to admit it to anyone, least of all themselves. That’s because
It’s a common enough phenomenon that isn’t limited to bosses, but applies to people at all levels:
executives, managers, employees too. I’m not a shrink, so I’m not sure why that is. But if I had
to guess, I’d say it’s probably got something to do with ego, denial, compartmentalization, self-
delusion, lack of perspective, that sort of thing.
It would be all-too-easy to just label these folks dysfunctional and call it a day, but I’m not
entirely sure that would be either accurate or helpful. I actually think we all suffer from this sort
of myopia to some extent and from time to time.
You see, in
How to Deal With a Bad Boss: Don’t!
I told readers to take a long hard look in the
mirror before pointing fingers at the boss. Of course that cuts both ways. But in reading all the
comments and emails, I noticed a distinct lack of objectivity by those actually experiencing a
boss-employee relationship issue, as opposed to those who were just talking about it.
When it’s happening to us, we put up our defenses. And not only is that bad for business, it’s bad