Careers Slideshow: The CEO from Hell: 12 Truly Bad Leaders

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-27-2010
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You can't avoid your CEO. For CIOs and other senior executives, engaging the CEO is part of your job description. Unfortunately, the CEO has the power to make your life miserable. Bad CEOs lapse into behavioral patterns that are petty, arrogant, short-sighted, inept, impersonal -- or all of the above. Stealing ideas, asking you to work insane hours, never making decisions when good decisions are needed most -- these traits and more can add up to a highly toxic professional relationship. To come up with our "dirty dozen" list of CEOs from Hell, CIO Insight got together with the Business Research Lab, a Houston, Texas-based firm that produces EmployeeSurveys.com. Business Research Lab fields surveys relating to corporate ethics, health/safety, diversity, culture, productivity and bad bosses. It even posts hair-raising stories from employees about their all-time "worst boss". Here's a lineup of the 12 worst types of CEOs, we're betting you've encountered at least one of these at some point in your own career.

The Bean Counter

Want to take your IT team out to lunch to reward them for putting in the extra time and effort for a job well done? Go ahead. This one will grill you about why you opted for a nice sushi bar instead of having pizza delivered to the office.

The Bean Counter
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
 
 
 

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