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

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.

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Bernardo Tirado, PMP
    @thePMObox

Bernardo covers leadership and technology for PsychologyToday.com.   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.  

 

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