The worst managers have a fundamentally broken understanding of workplace, company, and team dynamics. And these truly horrible bosses have beliefs about work and management that are so dysfunctional that they can't even be measured on a scale of leadership effectiveness. Based upon my experience and observation, the absolute worst bosses believe the following:
- Management is command and control.
Horrible bosses think their job is to order employees to do things and make certain that they do them.
Smart bosses know that the job of managing is mostly helping employees be more successful and making difficult decision that employees can't make on their own.