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how do you deal with a bad manager

It depends a bit on the study you read, but somewhere between 50 and 75% of managers are ineffective.

At best, bad bosses just doesn't get that much done, but toxic bosses can also make your life become a nightmare - their bad behavior can saps the joy and drive you to exhaustion.

There are all kinds of types of bosses, such as the bullying boss, the micromanager, the boss who doesn't make decisions and so on. All these types of bosses call for a specific approach to be taken.

Coaching can be a great help in dealing better with bad management and help to find back happiness at work. Read more about coaching or schedule a free coaching consultation.

types of bad managers

1. the absent boss

An absent boss can be a good thing - you can go about your business. But where is your manager if you need him? If you get into trouble, you need a boss who stands behind you. You also need your manager to discuss the right approach to a problem and to make decisions. If your manager does not show up or runs away from problems, it can make your position very difficult and very lonely.

2. the bully

Managers sometimes do not know how to behave when managing a team. They can be rude have a bad mouth or simply bully. This abusive behavior can be hurtful at best, or even completely unacceptable. Stand up against bullies!

3. the critical manager

The critical boss thinks that people will work better if she is always critical. What she forgets is that this makes people angry and insecure and that it is just as important to give compliments regularly.

4. the manager who claims the credits

The manager who scores with your work apparently has little to score with himself. It is terrible to do the work but hear your boss get the compliments.

5. the micromanager

The micromanager gives detailed instructions on how you should do your job. Apparently, she feels too insecure to give his team members space. This can be very hurtful, because it seems she thinks you don't know how to do your job and it limits your freedom.

6. the capricious manager

The capricious manager is maddening because you never know where you stand. Most people are service-oriented and want to keep their manager happy, and with a capricious manager, this will never happen.

7. the manager who avoids decisions

Some decisions are too big for your position and have to be taken by your boss. If she doesn't do that, you cannot continue with your work, which can be extremely frustrating.

8. and many more

Unfortunately, there are many more types of bad managers who can complicate your work life. And, of course, every person is different.


how can you deal with a bad manager?


Write down things that happen and that you notice about your manager.

  • You'll get a better understanding of what is going on.

  • Things that you write down, you don't have to ruminate about it.

  • You have a log that you can use if you decide to talk to the Human Resources Department.


Try to understand why your boss operates as he does. Is he insecure? Is he anxious about his position in the team or about the team's performance? Then try to reassure him. In this way, you will gradually understand your manager's manual, and learn how to deal with the situation.


If you have a bad manager, you can easily become very angry, frustrated or anxious. But you are the one who suffers the most from these emotions. Try not to get too emotional, but deal with the situation strategically.


If you have problems with your manager, it is of course very important to talk to her. The funny thing is that most people don't do that. It's understandable. Talking about the negative behavior of your boss is a difficult conversation to have, but it might also solve a lot of your problems. Be brave, prepare well for the meeting and chances are it will solve a lot of things. Another option is to talk to the HR department.

5. Look for a new job

Sometimes the situation is so bad that it is better to look for a new job. Take a leap of faith and jump into the job search- you never knowwhere the journey will take you or what amazing opportunities await.


A bad manager can ruin your work happiness. Every situation is different and requires a different approach. Coaching helps you to find out what works for you and in your situation and it can be a turning point in your life. Read more about coaching or plan a free introduction via Zoom.


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