Have you ever read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? It is a book about a man, Dr. Jekyll (the good guy) who is also Mr. Hyde (the bad guy). This scenario is called a split personality, or a bi-polar disorder, which is a not-so-rare mental condition nowadays.
How does this have anything to do with being a bad boss you say? Actually, I think it is such a brilliant idea to cover your flaws with your awesomeness.
As a boss, I believe balance is the key. You can’t be all too friendly with your subordinates or else they would think that they could get away with anything. The moment you see them letting their guards down and getting too close for comfort, you tell them to mind their own business and get back to work.
Same applies if I had a really awful morning at home. Let’s say, I fought with my wife because she’s accusing me of not having enough time for her and the kids. What rubbish! I can’t understand and accept that she sees it that way. So I go to work, feeling terrible and ready to strangle anyone who crosses my path.
What do you know, there is Bob who chose that exact time to submit a horrible report. Aha! Here’s my chance to unload, decompress, unburden myself of the bad feelings, the guilt and all those nasty words that I wanted to say to my wife, but can’t (Are you kidding me?! Divorce is very expensive)…
…and Bob was there at the right time and place. Time to blow off steam… so I let him have it! I told him what I really think of that trashy report. It doesn’t matter if he didn’t sleep the night before just to finish it. This is my chance to lash at someone or I’ll go crazy!
Like a good subordinate, he just stood there, making lame excuses or apologizing, whenever I stop talking to catch my breath. Oh, you bet I let him really have it! After lunch, I realized that I should make up for what I had done. I should do something to make Bob and the rest of my team, who saw and heard everything, forget that I’m quite a monster.
So I say, “Team, let’s have lunch…my treat!” At the nearby Chinese restaurant, while slurping their noodles and munching on dim sum, I tell each of my guys how wonderful they are. I tell everyone how Clarence closed a big account, or how Mitch fast-tracked a particularly overdue project, and don’t forget my buddy Bob, whom I could always depend on for crucial competitive report…and all is well again in Neverland…or so they thought. Bwa haha ha! (evil laugh).
No one needs to know the real me. Oh come on! Everybody has a bad side. All I have to do is compensate every time I did something sinister (like the bad boss that I am) and once again, I am their hero, the charming debonair. Clever isn’t it?
Disclaimer: Bad Boss posts are meant to be humorous and should not be taken seriously. A Jekyll and Hyde boss can be a hard type of bad boss to work for as you never know what their mood will be.