FBI's first director fired people freely, losing key personnel. Pursued personal agendas, inspired 10-year limit on director's reign.
We know by now that many workers don't think their bosses could do the jobs that they're paid to oversee, and we?ve seen surveys where employees compare their managers to the incompetent Michael Scott from television? The Office, and the insulting Simon Cowell from American Idol. But at least these discontented workers can take some comfort in the fact that they don't work for the the real-life bosses this list. While many of the alpha dogs included here had some admirable qualities, and some of them scored major successes, their management styles resulted in unnecessary acrimony, controversy, scandal, business failure and even deadly violence within their organizations. To come up with this list, Baseline consulted with Tony Deblauwe, founder of the HR4Change consulting firm and author of the award-winning Tangling with Tyrants: Managing the Balance of Power at Work (HR4Change Press/available now). Here's a list that will make you think, As bad as it is with my boss, it could be worse.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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