7 Signs of a Bad Leader

And what questions to ask if you are interviewing.

Posted May 20, 2012

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.

Bernardo Tirado, PMP    

Bernardo is a Behavioral Scientist and Industrial Psychologist with certifications in Six Sigma, Project Management, and Agile/Scrum.  He covers leadership and technology for PsychologyToday.com

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