Bad Bosses Aren't As Common As You Think -- At Least Not in Real Life

Boss's Day is coming up on October 16. Are most workers ranting or raving about their supervisors' leadership skills? Find out what the survey says.  

We've all heard people complaining about their managers. And bad bosses are prevalent in movies and TV shows. But are lackluster leaders really that common? Maybe not.

According to a new OfficeTeam survey, most employees seem to think their supervisors are doing an A-OK job: More than three in four (76 percent) workers said their manager has strong leadership skills. In addition, two-thirds (67 percent) believe they couldn’t do a better job than their boss. 

There may be times when we get annoyed at managers or question their judgment, but these results show that the majority of leaders are getting the thumbs-up. 

Being a boss can be hard work, and employees may not feel they could do the job any better because they recognize the demanding and difficult tasks their supervisor must handle daily. Managing others and being in charge of challenging responsibilities like staff hiring and retention just isn't everyone's thing. Not every professional is suited to take on a leadership role either. 

How to Tell if It's Time to Be a Boss 

Are you ready to make the move to management? Ask yourself these five questions:

1. Are you comfortable making difficult decisions? Managers have to make tough calls all the time that could impact a large number of people. When the stakes are high, the choices they make aren't always popular with everyone.  
2. Can you inspire others? People often look up to their bosses as an example. Are you capable of keeping employees focused and motivated, even when times are rough?
3. Are you a good listener? You won't always be able to make those hard decisions on your own. Listening to input from others is vital. Good leaders regularly welcome feedback and new ideas from employees.   
4. Do you mind taking the blame? Sure, you'll get tons of attention when something you're at the head of goes well. But when things go wrong, you'll also have to shoulder a lot of the blame. As a boss, taking one for the team isn't uncommon.  
5. Are you OK stepping away from day-to-day activities? Managers spend a lot of the time focusing on strategy and the big picture. That means you might need to step away from everyday tasks and could lose some of your hands-on experience.

Favorite Bad Bosses From TV and Movies

Now that you know what it takes to be a good leader, we've compiled a list of some of the all-time worst bosses (in no particular order) featured in TV shows and films. They sure make many real-life managers look like sweethearts, huh?

  • Michael Scott - The Office
  • Bill Lumbergh - Office Space
  • Montgomery Burns - The Simpsons
  • Miranda Priestly - The Devil Wears Prada
  • Wilhelmina Slater - Ugly Betty
  • Ari Gold - Entourage
  • Don Draper - Mad Men
  • Franklin Hart Jr. - 9 to 5
  • Dr. Gregory House - House

Who are your favorite bad bosses from TV and movies that you'd add to this list?  

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