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10 types of bosses that are really very, very 欠打

As you step into the working world, you start to realize how different bosses handle their roles in a great variety of ways. Here are some of the worst examples of bosses that you can ever encounter in the corporate world.


1. The arrow-people boss
He knows the art of delegation of work very well, too well in fact. Workflow for the team is really pretty standard, from him to anyone else. Emails from him would always sound too familiar for your liking, as it would always include the sentence “XXX, please follow up on this.”

2. The defend-himself boss
Bosses are meant to lead the team to greater heights and shoulder the responsibilities, but these kinds of bosses seem to do it the other way round. When things go wrong, he is the first to turn around and point the accusing finger at anyone or everyone under him, and absolves himself from all blame.  Spiderman probably needs to teach him a trick or two about how to take responsibility when having great power.

3. The micromanage boss
He could be the most irritating one that employees can encounter. Every single minute of your working hour needs to be accounted for, every email correspondence has to be CC-ed to him, every minor decision made has to go through him. For this kind of boss, it isn’t a surprise that a lot of backlog is always piling up, all bottlenecked at his area.

4. The critical boss
This is the boss whom you can never seem to please. No matter how many times you have edited your piece of work, or despite how detailed your proposal is, he will always seem to find a fault with what you have done. Criticism is said to push people on, but for this boss, he just seems to tear people apart.

5. The kan-cheong-spider boss
The deadline for the project is still far away, yet he requests you to submit the final draft weeks before. Yes, it might good to finish things early, but he does not consider that the actual timeline he is giving his staff to complete the works is not practical at all. A small sign of displeasure from this kind of boss’s superior would result in tremors within him, and you can be sure that those under him are sure to suffer together.

6. The bossy boss
He might claim to have the authority and power to do what he does, and mind you, he isn’t wrong about that at all. He only wants things to go according to his wishes, no other opinions from the other staff are taken into consideration, and I’m not even only referring to work areas. He might even get you to do things that are out of your job scope, like getting coffee for him.

7. The no-leadership-skill boss
This boss could have been promoted just for the fact that he has been in the company for long, not because he is a capable leader. To give him credit, he might have the necessary knowledge and experience to do his job efficiently; however, taking up a leadership position is a whole new matter.  He may not have the soft skills to motivate his team, or to stand up for his team when necessary.

8. The not-sure-what-is-going-on boss
You can say that this is the opposite of the no leadership skills boss. Knowledge of the company’s operations is essential, and if there is a lack of that knowledge, it could tide him through the short term by seeking help from the more experienced staff, however if in the long term he still does not grasp the necessary information, he might be better off not sitting in that position as questions about his abilities will be raised anyway.

9. The think-he-knows-it-all boss
There is really only a fine line between confidence and arrogance and the one that crosses that line is the think he knows it all boss. Of course, in a leadership position, there are times when authority is needed to be stamped, but not at the expense of discarding valuable advice from people who are more specialized in specific areas. He thinks that he has the best knowledge about everything, and this is definitely not the case.

10. The missing-in-action boss
This boss is as elusive as a fox. Often not at his desk, official appointments need to be made before you can catch him to sign the pending documents or to confirm certain work plans. Emails to him do not get a reply, yet you cannot seem to find him personally as well. Sometimes you cannot help but ask yourself, is he even really working?

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