15 Surefire Ways To Alienate Your Boss

Last week I wrote a post about what you should do to add value and increase your standing in the workplace. Now, let’s look at the opposite: If you could deliberately kill your credibility with your boss, what would you do?

Lucky for us, we don’t have to sit down and write a list because Liz Wiseman, author of Multipliers, did that. In her book, Impact Players, she asked 170 leaders what their team members did that most frustrated them. The result is a list of 15 Credibility Killers which are listed below:

  1. Give your boss problems without solutions.
  2. Wait for your boss to tell you what to do.
  3. Make your boss chase you down and remind you what to do.
  4. Don’t worry about the big picture; just do your piece.
  5. Ask your boss about your next promotion or raise.
  6. Send long, meandering emails.
  7. Bad-mouth your colleagues, create drama, and stir up conflict.
  8. Surprise your boss…with bad news…at the last minute…when nothing can be done.
  9. Ask to revisit decisions that have already been made.
  10. Leave out inconvenient facts and the other side of the story.
  11. Blame others for your own mistakes.
  12. Agree to your boss’s face but disagree behind his or her back.
  13. Tell your boss that something is not your job.
  14. Listen to your boss’s feedback, then ignore it.
  15. Show up late to meetings, multitask, interrupt others.

I laughed out loud when I read the list because as a leader myself, the first 5 are the ones that tick me off the most!

Anyway, what do you think of the list? As an employee, do you recognize any of these behaviors in yourself?