How to Deal with the Boss From Hell

See why managing up could be your way out


  • They must have their hand in every step of a process and have no clue how to delegate. Instead they will look over your shoulder as you complete tasks instead of trusting you to do your job. This type of boss and the self-starter are often at odds.


  • Give your boss an outline (formally or informally) of how you’ll handle the project. “Let this boss know that you’ll contact him or her as needed,” Lyons says.
  • Find ways of updating this boss that don’t take away from your ability to do your job. “For example, adding this boss as a “cc” to important e-mails adds no extra time,” Lyons says.”
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  • Linda Swearingen McGrue

    As an almost 50 year old African American woman with both civilian and military careers, I’ve probably had a dose of each boss listed. One of them would get up at an ungodly hour (kind of like this post time) and send me about 10 of their to-do items which I need to get accomplished in addition to managing my sales team and making sales goals. Guess what? I saw what time the e-mails were being sent and set my clock and my coffepot for about 30 minutes after that. Each item was done before I even got dressed. The bottom line is this – there are good bosses, bad ones, and some in between, but don’t ever let that affect the way you do what you have to – in excellence.

  • Mattie Deed

    Need your feedback!! I work with a hater boss who is a control freak and micro-manager. She has the support of all the higher bosses. I am fed up with her poor management skills and leadership. Whenever I need to take time off from work, she reacts like I am not supposed to take time off; she’s always late for work, always leaving out for appointments and to talk on her cell phone! I have been with the organization for almost 5 years. During my first two years, my resumes were perfect; the last two and a half years she has been rewriting all my resumes and act like she created them. Please let me know your thoughts.

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