11 Lessons Learned From the Worst Bosses

Image: NBC

Steve Carell Michael Scott The OfficeNBC
In the course of my professional life, I've had at least 15 bosses. Some have been good, a few have been great, and one stands out as truly, spectacularly terrible. This boss was cruel, demeaning, and not actually good at her job. Every single day I cringed when she walked past my office. I only worked for her for a year, but it was the longest year of my life. 


When I left that job, I vowed that I would remember what it was like having her as supervisor. When the day came for me to become the boss, I'd make sure I never made an employee feel the way she made me feel.

I did eventually become a supervisor, and I've come to realize that I've learned something from almost every boss I've had. Some of the great bosses have become mentors. It has been 15 years since the last time I saw my worst boss, but I still carry the lessons of my time with her with me. She taught me that fear is not the same as leadership and that, ultimately, no amount of hard work on my end would make her a better person.

There are few experiences more universal than having a crappy boss, so I was curious to hear what lessons other women have learned from their worst bosses. Click on for the totally candid truth about what we can all learn from the bosses we'd never want to be like.