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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231 28
Hypocritical is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Hypocritical

2
245 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
215 28
Bully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Bully

4
221 32
Passive Aggressive is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Passive Aggressive

5
219 33
Plays Favorites is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Plays Favorites

6
206 29
Superiority Complex is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Superiority Complex

7
180 29
Shirks Responsibility is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Shirks Responsibility

8
170 28
Discriminatory is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Discriminatory

9
164 28
Quick to Anger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Quick to Anger

10
169 32
Inflexible is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Inflexible

11
155 30
Unreceptive to Criticism is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Unreceptive to Criticism

12
161 36
Mean is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Mean

13
134 39
Oblivious is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Oblivious

14
135 41
Indecisive is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Indecisive

15
137 44
Hyper-organized/Micromanaging is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Hyper-organized/Micromanaging

16
129 41
Know-it-all is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Know-it-all

17
119 35
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Paranoid

18
117 37
Domineering is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Domineering

19
115 43
Easily Confused is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Easily Confused

20
119 48
Disorganized is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Disorganized

21
105 42
Flaky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Flaky

22
79 53
Obsessive is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Obsessive

23
25 8
Prejudicial is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
dilbert added Prejudicial

24
81 60
Demanding is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
Demanding

25
41 31
Bipolar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Traits for a Manager to Have
jon-pratt added Bipolar