This is the No. 1 Trait That Will Kill Your Career

This is the No. 1 Trait That Will Kill Your Career

Source: This article was originally published on CNBC.
Written by: Marguerite Ward, CNBC Make It

Everyone knows someone who fits the profile that best-selling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch dubs a “boss hater.”

No matter who this person’s boss may be, a boss hater will never see eye-to-eye with them. This employee routinely claims to be receiving unfair treatment, and is never satisfied with their work environment — and it’s all their boss’ fault.

“Are you a boss hater?” Welch says. “If you are, watch out.”


You may think you’re being subtle, but the boss can tell. Boss haters, says Welch, direct “an instinctive disdain, a distrust at anyone in charge.”

“In all my years working in the corporate world and advising people about their careers,” Welch says, “boss hating is the number one behavior that kills a career.”

While a motivated employee will embrace new challenges with enthusiasm, Welch says that “a boss hater is not enthusiastic about new projects, new clients, new technology or the new boss.” Boss haters work against the group’s best interests, and management will notice.

“Any decent leader,” Welch says, “sees how negativity can ruin a team’s productivity.”

Even if boss hating employees are smart or produce great results in the short-term — which actually, Welch says, is often the case — their inability to develop or maintain positive relationships will hold them back.



Simply feeling lukewarm about your manager doesn’t make you a boss hater. Many employees report having a bad boss at some point in their career, and poor managers take many different forms.

And if you do realize that you’re a boss hater, says Welch, there is an upside: You’re probably meant to become an entrepreneur.

“Some of the best company founders in the world are probably boss haters,” she says, adding that Steve Jobs may have been one himself.

Finally, if you have to work with or manage one of these negative employees, it’s essential to create boundaries that will allow you to maintain a healthy, realistic perspective on your work environment. Don’t invest energy listening to a boss hater’s complaints.

“Try,” Welch advises, “not to get sucked into their negativity vortex.”

Suzy Welch is the co-founder of the Jack Welch Management Institute and a noted business journalist, TV commentator, and public speaker. Through its online MBA program, the Jack Welch Management Institute transforms the lives of its students by providing them with the tools to become better leaders, build great teams, and help their organizations win. 

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