It's no secret that bosses play a huge role in workplace culture - they can either inspire employees to work better, or make them wish they worked elsewhere. Here's a guide to identifying if you are, or deal with, one of the seven types of toxic leaders.

It's no secret that bosses play a huge role in how employees perceive their workplace - when bosses are nurturing, respectful and approachable, employees are more motivated and engaged.

On the other hand, when a boss has toxic characteristics, they then negatively impact the culture of the workplace, creating an unwelcoming environment for employees.

According to a recent release by, citing a report from the Institute of Labour Economics in Europe, around 13% of employees across the continent work under a toxic boss. Separately, a Gallup study cited found that 75% of employees left their job not because of the job, but because of their bosses.

So which type of boss are you? Do you inspire your employees to want to come to work, or do you make them wish they could work elsewhere?

Or if you're an employee, which of the above applies to you?

Check out the following flowchart and guide by, to find out:

The seven types of toxic leaders, according to Bad Leadership, a book by Barbara Kellerman

  •  The Incompetent Boss: Unable or unwilling to do their job well.
  •  The Rigid Boss: Confuses inflexibility with strength.
  • The Intemperate Boss: Lacks self-knowledge and self-control.
  • The Callous Boss: Lacks empathy and kindness.
  • The Corrupt Boss: Steals or cheats to promote their own interests.
  • The Insular Boss: Cliquish or unreachable.
  • The Evil Boss: Causes pain to further their sense of power and dominance.

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