33 Quotes About Bad Bosses


Being a boss doesn’t mean you are the nicest or most professional person in the world. For some, experiencing a bad boss can break our trust and motivation in a job. These quotes about bad bosses will encourage you take a new direction when dealing with conflicts.

“A good boss is a person who can tolerate my complaints and still manage to say hello to me every day.”

“A good boss realizes that they can also learn from those they work with no matter the level, title or position. Learning is a continuous habit and is one of the best lessons demonstrated by a good boss.”

“A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.”

“A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him.”

“A leader leads by example, not by force.”

“Accomplishing the impossible means only the boss will add it to your regular duties.”

“Be a leader with a ladder, not a boss with an order.”

“Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.”

“Being a boss anywhere is lonely. Being a female boss in a world of mostly men is especially so.”

“Being a leader is making the people you love hate you a little more each day.”

“By working eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.”

“Don’t blame the boss. He has enough problems.”

“Every boss started as a worker.”

“Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.”

“He isn’t a real boss until he has trained subordinates to shoulder most of his responsibilities”

“If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.”

“In my house I’m the boss, my wife is just the decision maker.”

“It is always a great honor to be the driver of your own car, to be the boss of your own fate.”

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.”

“Learn to obey before you command.”

“No man goes before his time – unless the boss leaves early.”

“One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.”

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

“The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm.”

“The only time some people work like a horse is when the boss rides them.”

“The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven’t made up their minds.”

“The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.”

“The way to find the real boss is to find out who hires the lawyers.”

“There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust.”

“There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.”

“Unless you accept anyone to be your boss, no man can be your boss.”

“You’ll never make a fortune working for the boss man.”

Learning how to deal with a bad boss effectively will ease your overall stress.

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