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7 Signs of a Bad Leader

And what questions to ask if you are interviewing.

Many of us remember our worst leaders and for some of us we still are working with them.

Below are 7 signs to find out if you are reporting into a bad leader. Feel free to respond with other signs that you think are worthy noting.

#7.  You email updates to your leader and he/she never reads them

#6.  You're told you have to work late on a presentation that's never used

#5.  Your leader asks you to do something on Monday (something that normally takes a week to complete) and you are asked on Tuesday if it's already done.

#4.  You tell your boss you can't get it done and all he/she repeatedly says is "why?", no matter how good of a reason you give.

#3. Thinks he/she is always right and is just plain stubborn

#2. Has no life and works under the impression that you don't have one either

#1. Only manages up, not down

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For those of you interviewing, here are three simple questions you can ask your potential leader:

1.  If I asked your employees about what you could improve as a leader, what would it be?

2.  How do you foster a work/life balance environment within your team?

3.  What keeps you busy outside of work?

Hope this helps. Let me know what you think.


Bernardo Tirado, PMP

Bernardo covers leadership and technology for   In addition to being an industrial psychologist, he’s certified as a Six Sigma Blackbelt, Project Management Professional, Body Language Expert, and is a Train-the-Trainer in Analytical Interviewing.  

Bernardo Tirado is an industrial psychologist and project management executive. more...

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