What is an example of bad management

These 5-10-15 characteristics prove good managers!

  • Who doesn't have one yet overwhelmed, choleric or selfish boss experienced?

  • Who has never thought of it to terminatebecause the management floor acts completely over the heads of the employees?

  • And who has never complained that some Superiors completely unsuitable appear for your leadership role?

When it comes to the good, important and central When it comes to characteristics of executives, it is quite helpful to begin with bad bosses, authoritarian bosses, overwhelmed manager and lousy superiors to remind you.

All the easier then, in one second step, from negative properties the requirements and Wishes togood leaders derive.

Bad leader: negative traits

In our consulting practice, we have been hearing first-hand for over 25 years what drives applicants to leave companies and look for a new job.

The fact that a lack of appreciation by superiors is one of the most common reasons for dismissal is certainly no surprise for those familiar with working life.

You have certainly already experienced some of the characteristics listed on our "negative list of boss characteristics" yourself in your line of work.

Traits of poor leadership

  1. Arrogant demeanor,

  2. unjust decisions,

  3. choleric outbursts of anger,

  4. degrading criticism,

  5. humiliating behavior,

  6. poor time management,

  7. unable to delegate,

  8. lack of empathy,

  9. strategic overstrain,

  10. lack of decisiveness.

Self-coaching: improve leadership skills?

If you want to learn from the mistakes of other bosses and develop and expand your own leadership style, you should actually think from time to time about which qualities actually characterize a good manager.

self reflection

  • Which boss has impressed me the most so far?

  • What are the characteristics of this manager?

  • In which professional situations did these characteristics become particularly evident?

  • How did convincing executives communicate with me?

  • What kind of motivation actually spoke to me?

  • What was particularly important to me about the conduct of superiors?

Change of perspective

  • What did colleagues like more about bosses than I did?

  • And what bothered colleagues more about bosses than me?

  • What made me feel more engaged at work?

  • When did I feel misunderstood?

  • And with what kind of superiors do I achieve top performance?


  • Which boss did I learn the most from?

  • Which boss gave me a lot of responsibility early on?

  • What kind of criticism got me going?

  • What kind of feedback could I have done without?

This self-coaching can make your future working life a little easier. And helps you when changing jobs to credibly describe your leadership skills in job interviews, in assessment or development centers.

Use the questions listed here to help you in a deeper self-reflection and, if necessary, add your own.

  1. structured job interview

  2. competency-based interview

  3. Interview manager

  4. 360 degree feedback (assessment by supervisors, colleagues, employees and own assessment: a total of four perspectives)

  5. Personality test (e.g. Big Five)

  6. Assessment center

  7. Executive assessment

In order to convince with your answers here, we recommend our e-learning courses for managers. And especially our personal leadership coaching.

Good leadership: what do you mean by that?

On the way to an answer to the question "What are the characteristics of a good manager?" you have now made significant progress.

Because through the negative list and through the self-reflection in terms of "your own leadership experiences and your own understanding of leadership" you will find that there are certain central characteristics and characteristics that characterize good superiors.

Discover the strengths of executives.

But always keep in mind that there is no general recipe for "good leadership".

Every manager, every project leader has individual advantages - and disadvantages as well.

Good Leader: Qualities

  1. appreciative assertiveness,

  2. strategic thinking and acting,

  3. serious listening,

  4. motivating speech,

  5. Delegating responsibility,

  6. goal-oriented way of working,

  7. Promoting change,

  8. Allow mistakes,

  9. constructive criticism,

  10. Ability to self-reflect,

  11. loyal approach,

  12. pronounced self-discipline,

  13. proactive thinking and acting,

  14. reflected conflict behavior,

  15. quick decision-making.

Leadership style and personal characteristics

When it comes to developing your leadership skills, it is always worthwhile to take a closer look at your preferred leadership style.

The majority of the managers whom we have advised and coached have been inadequately and rudimentarily prepared for their role.

Comprehensive education and training programs are sometimes available in corporations. In contrast, medium-sized companies often say "learning by doing". Including the associated failures in matters of too authoritarian or too soft leadership.

How do you lead in order to effectively involve committed department heads, department heads, project managers, on-site employees or employees in the home office in projects, tasks and strategies?