5. The Bully Boss. People just dislike a bully, whether it’s in grade school, at a sporting event, or on the job. When you have a team of people working on a project that’s been stalled, do you pick on the most timid, least confident person first? If you have someone who doesn’t fit the cultural norm, do you go out of your way to point out his or her differentness? Sorry, Charlie, but nobody respects that.
This category also includes the boss who steps all over his people’s civil rights, cancels their bathroom breaks and forces them to work overtime. When you have a deadline, you can expect zip, zero and zilch in terms of loyalty or effort put forth to make you look good. People love to see a bully take a fall. Put on some body armor, buddy, because somebody’s throwin’ you under the bus the first chance they get!
6. The Notorious Nag. Okay, everybody knows their jobs. It does no good for you to hover over your admin and ask, “Is it done yet? Can I see it?" Your purchasing manager will let you know when the bids are in from the potential new vendors. Sales will call you when the new client signs.
The trouble is, nags are negative by nature, and if you are nagging people you are also most likely complaining about the weather, the state of the outside world, and probably even your spouse. Lighten up! People don’t want to hear it! Oh man, did you teach my mother to nag, or did she teach you?