By Rev. Paul N. Papas II
28 January 2013
Anyone who has a long work history has probably encountered several types of supervisors; they could be good, bad, or indifferent, however they are in charge. Here are some examples of bad bosses:
Gone Golfing: This boss spends Monday through Thursday schmoozing with whomever. The day before the deadline he starts frantically calling for help to pick up the pieces. It is probably not a good idea to say: “A lack of preparation on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.” Maybe you can volunteer to lead some project for him to relieve your stress and avoid the frantic calls for help.
Bomb Thrower: You’ve completed all your tasks and just as you head for lunch he starts yelling at you in front of everyone for a perceived wrongdoing on your part. Keep your cool: Breathe; Write out your feelings- Do Not Send It; Vent to someone you can trust; call a person close to you; find a place to calm down – are a few good suggestions.
Arrogant yet incompetent: These types are probably desperate for friendships and are normally unintentionally offensive. They are most likely harmless and lacking in confidence social and skills, just want to be one of the guys. You can include him in office chit-chat at lunch then go back to work.
The Egomaniac: This boss thinks the rules are made for everyone but him. He likes to take credit for everything good and accepts no blame for the bad. His ego needs to be fed, just don’t enable him with unwarranted compliments.
Antisocial Boss: He shows little concern for the rights of others such as being indifferent to the moral or legal standards of the region or community. Behavior patterns usually include excessive drinking, fighting and irresponsibility. A key to the disorder is long lasting, persistent, manipulative, exploitive actions and manners that determinedly ignore others. He asks for various people to find a solution to a known problem and then berates one or more of the parties or the solutions offered. He specifically exhibits a pervasive pattern of disregarding and violating the rights of others and this disorder may include symptoms such as breaking laws, frequent lying, starting fights, lack of guilt and refusal to take personal responsibility, and the presence of irritability and impulsivity. He exhibits a lack of remorse or guilt about his actions in addition to demonstrating antisocial behaviors. He tends to be highly suspicious or paranoid, even in comparison to individuals like him, which tends to lead him to interpret all aggressive behaviors toward him as being arbitrary and unfair. This person could suffer from a Medical Condition of Mental Illness; however he would most likely deny that he has a problem.
Most of these people if properly vetted by the hiring source would not be given the position to head a multinational organization. Unfortunately, the headhunters who presented this unqualified candidate to the hiring source hid the fact that he had no work history and could not pass a background check.
If he has friends in high places it is unlikely that any laws that may be available to force an accurate Mental Health evaluation would be used. My best advice is to pray for all those who are subject to his dictatorial ways until the hiring source does something about firing him or moving him out of the way.
Would you want to work for any of the above bosses? I would prefer not to.
Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) http://www.narrowpathministries.org and http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org