David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom recently asked people what useful lessons they had learned from bad bosses about how not to manage, and in an article for Forbes, they analyze the answers they received.
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Bad boss traits fell into three categories. There were those who interacted poorly with others, which could mean that they were “controlling, egotistical,” or failed to acknowledge people’s work. There were those who poorly managed work, which meant they were “inefficient, unresponsive,” or “passive-aggressive.” And third, in the minority, were bosses who only tried to look good for superiors, or even worse, for nobody at all. For elaboration and some points on what you can learn from this bad behavior, you can read the full article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidsturt/2014/08/22/buckets-of-bad-advice-how-not-to-manage-people/