Jobs The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have  

Samantha Dillinger
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List Rules Upvote the traits that drive you nuts, downvote the traits that you don't mind so much.

We've all had horrible bosses. But what what makes a terrible manager terrible? What are some of the worst traits a manager can have? Managers can be mean, disorganized, irresponsible, or just plain lazy. Whether they're quietly blaming employees for their own executive decisions, slacking off while yelling at their underlings about the virtues of efficiency, or just lost in a cloud of their own superiority and self-entitlement, bad managers come in a variety of colors and flavors. Vote below to let us know which qualities make for the worst kind of manager.

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Hypocritical is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Hypocritical

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238 33
Takes Credit for Other People'... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Takes Credit for Other People's Work

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207 28
Bully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Bully

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215 31
Passive Aggressive is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Passive Aggressive

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214 32
Plays Favorites is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Plays Favorites

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198 29
Superiority Complex is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Superiority Complex

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176 29
Shirks Responsibility is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Shirks Responsibility

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167 28
Discriminatory is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Discriminatory

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158 28
Quick to Anger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Quick to Anger

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164 32
Inflexible is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Inflexible

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152 28
Unreceptive to Criticism is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Unreceptive to Criticism

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156 36
Mean is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Mean

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129 39
Oblivious is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Oblivious

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134 43
Hyper-organized/Micromanaging is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Hyper-organized/Micromanaging

The Worst Traits for an Employee

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130 41
Indecisive is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Indecisive

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Know-it-all is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Know-it-all

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Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Paranoid

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115 36
Domineering is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Domineering

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113 43
Easily Confused is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Easily Confused

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116 46
Disorganized is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Disorganized

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103 41
Flaky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Flaky

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Obsessive is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Obsessive

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Demanding is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Demanding

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Prejudicial is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
dilbert added Prejudicial

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Bipolar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
jon-pratt added Bipolar

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Perfectionist is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Perfectionist

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Competetive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Competetive

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Jewish is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
hotrodheart added Jewish