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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227 28
Hypocritical is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Hypocritical

2
241 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

3
210 28
Bully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Bully

4
217 31
Passive Aggressive is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Passive Aggressive

5
216 33
Plays Favorites is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Plays Favorites

6
201 29
Superiority Complex is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Superiority Complex

7
178 29
Shirks Responsibility is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Shirks Responsibility

8
169 28
Discriminatory is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Discriminatory

9
160 28
Quick to Anger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Quick to Anger

10
166 32
Inflexible is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Inflexible

11
153 29
Unreceptive to Criticism is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Unreceptive to Criticism

12
158 36
Mean is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Mean

13
131 39
Oblivious is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Oblivious

14
131 41
Indecisive is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Indecisive

15
135 44
Hyper-organized/Micromanaging is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Hyper-organized/Micromanaging

16
127 41
Know-it-all is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Know-it-all

17
116 35
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Paranoid

18
115 37
Domineering is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Domineering

19
114 43
Easily Confused is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Easily Confused

20
117 47
Disorganized is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Disorganized

21
104 42
Flaky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Flaky

22
77 53
Obsessive is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Obsessive

23
81 58
Demanding is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Demanding

24
24 8
Prejudicial is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
dilbert added Prejudicial

25
40 30
Bipolar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
jon-pratt added Bipolar

26
52 91
Perfectionist is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Perfectionist

27
49 89
Competetive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Competetive

28
35 148
Jewish is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
hotrodheart added