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10 Best and Worst Bosses: Which One's Yours?

Jeff Hindenach | Excelle


We’ve all had bosses that we’ve either loved or hated. The boss who helped you get that promotion, or the one who clipped his toenails at his desk.

Some help us advance our career, while others seem to hold us back. Different leadership styles can lead to different results for each employee. But certain styles seem to be good or bad across the board, helping or hurting all employees with one fell swoop.

The Worst Bosses The Best Bosses





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    3 months ago

    4 comments

    Worst boss ever has to be Dan Book of Sam's club!!!!!!!!!!. And the company will do nothing about him. Dan has a reputation of threating associates and managers , bullying employees, not living the so called (wal-mart culture) .Talking down to people .Making fun of them . He is only worried about himself and cares less about the associates in the company . He is often in Utah and makes remarks about Mormans and how he should be one so he can have multilple wives. Hes understanding of our relgion is a joke he has no true faith except arrogance .Sam's upper management need to deal with him and stop sweeping it under the rug.Ever time there are corparate peoople coming he comes in to the clubs and beats up everyone because he wants to look like a hero. it is a true reign of terror. i really wish it was like it use to be when i first started with this company 18 years ago. But i dont feel it ever will be the culture died with Mr. sam

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    Samsassociate

    3 months ago

    4 comments

    Worst boss ever has to be Dan Book of Sam's club!!!!!!!!!!. And the company will do nothing about him. Dan has a reputation of threating associates and managers , bullying employees, not living the so called (wal-mart culture) .Talking down to people .Making fun of them . He is only worried about himself and cares less about the associates in the company . He is often in Utah and makes remarks about Mormans and how he should be one so he can have multilple wives. Hes understanding of our relgion is a joke he has no true faith except arrogance .Sam's upper management need to deal with him and stop sweeping it under the rug.Ever time there are corparate peoople coming he comes in to the clubs and beats up everyone because he wants to look like a hero. it is a true reign of terror. i really wish it was like it use to be when i first started with this company 18 years ago. But i dont feel it ever will be the culture died with Mr. sam

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    snowbiscuit

    about 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I have the worst boss now. They should have had a category for "the Passive Aggressive Veiled Threat". She has a degree in psych and yet can't communicate at all in a way that is positive, affirming, kind, or intellegent. She says one thing one day and completely forgets that she ever said it the next minute. She has taken away accounts, money (salary & commission), important tasks I was doing for my customers and didn't have any problem saying that THAT would NEVER happen-yet she did it anyway. She asks the most rediculous and stupid questions and makes the most insane decisions. The best is when she asks us with a fake caring look on her face if we are happy here-as though she is genuinely concerned. When no one answers, she keeps the same demeanor and says "Well, some people just can't stay here because it just makes them crazy and eventually, they just have to leave..." She's just a sick puppy who panders to the EVIL owners of this place. It's sad because there is a long trail of great employee's who had worked here for years and were the heart of this company. Even my customers know about the long procession of employees being treated so terribly here. I pray for a new job every single day!

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    francine1729

    over 3 years ago

    6 comments

    Worst Boss- Worked for a company over 9 years. Every store visit was good95-100 each time. Regional asst hire young school age girl from high school she had only one parttime job. Regional asst explained to her that she was the best canidate for the position( there go the big head). There where better people for the position,they just did't want to pay people for what they where worth to get good help.She became ms taily tale. Like she was put there to control me.(Manager). Then came the he said she said mess. 19 year old just out of high school,that's what you get. All hell broke lose within the last couple of months. I could not take the drama.Each time i reported her to the regional he had taken her side. He turned likea fish with his mouth at his ass. Sometime you have to walk away from the drama with these young kids. Now she the manager of the store. 2 people have walked out on her already. That's what happens when you put a child in an adult position.

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    cduncan

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    I love this article as for the last 11 years I've blamed myself for the bosses attitude. The Bully, the ghost, I'd say all the bad qualities bring back the nightmares. Was okay while there was another Boss in the same office on the good side of the spectrum but ocassionally came awfully close to sexual misconduct but a far cry from the bully. the problem was I was the only female in a small town with many stressful business problems associated with the economy of the State. When the Boss on the good side decided to retire he gave three years notice and the Board waited till the three years were up before they stated the interviews. Small but mighty were there expectations and hired one then another right out of college. Sorry to say they were both on the Bully side along with Boss number one, life is too short so I'm selling all not nailed down and going entrepenurial. Out of the cubical and into the real world.

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    Simeon

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I have been fortunate in that I have only experienced those who have exemplified the best bosses..... Can't imagine how awful it would be to experience the flip side.

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    Wizard101

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Wow, this hits way too close to home. The sad and frustrating part is that most people in authority positions don't know how their "management" is actually detrimental to the work.

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    LiliGonzalez

    over 4 years ago

    138 comments

    Interesting article. My current boss fits the Best Boss categories. That's why she's the greatest boss.

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    Shadnax

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Throughout my long working career I've had wonderful bosses that fit one or more of the Best Boss categories. However the last boss I had was a combination Bully/Ghost, plus played favorites heavily besides. And she had Bully cronies to help her intimidate and harass. It was a shock to me, having had all good bosses before that, and I was eventually forced out of a wonderful job that I loved. But now things have turned around again and I'm at a different job I that love in another field. It's not at the same income any more but it's great to not be all stressed out each day from that horrible office situation!

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    dssamoy3

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Interesting, I will keep this in mind as I re-enter the work force.

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    Jillhidinger

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Wow! My boss demonstrates almost every attribute of the Worst Bosses. His behavior has gotten worse over the last 15 months. I think it is tied to the economy...subliminally holding it over my head that "at least you have a job." Anybody else feel this way?

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