75 Bad Boss Quotes That Are Relatable To Your Workplace

Looking for some famous quotes about having a bad boss? We’ve have got the best collection of bad boss quotes, sayings, captions, (with images and pictures) which you can relate to for your manager/boss at office.

Your workplace is one of the most important places where you spend most of the time of your day. Your colleagues, managers, boss, employers, co-workers all are a part of your workstation family and their attitude majorly affects your mindset.

When your boss/leader is a person with a positive approach motivates the whole team to do better. At the same time a bad boss with a negative attitude does not appreciate his team members and drains their energy. The leader should never be egoistic and never disrespect others.

These bad boss quotes are a mix of funny, sarcastic, inspiring quotes, which will surely throw light on how a boss should treat his employees and team.

Bad Boss Quotes

  1. “I’d rather be tired than broke.”

  2. “Bad bosses provide powerful lessons.”

  3. “What you allow is what will continue.”

  4. “People don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses.”

  5. “Nothing brightens up a room like your absence.”
    Sarcastic Quotes For Bad Boss
    Sarcastic Quotes For Bad Boss

  6. “A bad system will beat a good person every time.”

  7. “People don’t leave bad jobs, they leave bad bosses.”
    Bad Boss Quotes Images
    Bad Boss Quotes Images

  8. “Take a deep breath. It’s just a bad day, not a bad life.”

  9. “A bad boss is like a disease of the soul.” — Chetan Bhagat

  10. “Never waste a good opportunity to learn from a bad boss.”
    Bad Boss Quotes
    Bad Boss Quotes

  11. “You are not your resume, you are your work.” — Seth Godin

  12. “A leader is admired, a boss is feared.” — Vicente Del Bosque

  13. “All things are difficult before they are easy.” — Thomas Fuller

  14. “A bad job with a good boss is better than a good job with a bad boss.”

  15. “Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.” — Walter Lippmann

  16. “Bad leaders take all the credits. But never take blame for the mistake.”
    Bad Employee Quotes
    Bad Employee Quotes

  17. “Fight as if you are right, listen as if you are wrong.” — Robert I. Sutton

  18. “Having a bad boss isn’t your fault. Staying with one is.” — Nora Denzel

  19. “When you know who you are, you know what to do.” — Shelley Hendrix

  20. “The art of smile & nod when all you wanted was to punch them in the face.”
    Bad Attitude Boss Quotes
    Bad Attitude Boss Quotes

  21. “I’m not the boss because I’m always right. I’m always right because I’m the boss.”

  22. “When they think they are right, they stick to their decision whether its good or bad.”

  23. “Sometimes you just have to put a lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.” — Mindy Kaling

  24. “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” — Will Rogers

  25. “The art of living lies not in eliminating but in growing with troubles.” — Bernard Baruch

  26. ”Employees leave bad bosses and the companies that allow the bad boss to thrive. I quit!”

  27. “In business, when two people always agree, one of them is irrelevant.” — William Wrigley

  28. “Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.”
    Bad Boss Quotes Pictures
    Bad Boss Quotes Pictures

  29. “You can’t control other people’s behavior, but you can control your responses to it.” ― Roberta Cava

  30. “Let’s spend countless hours preparing for a meeting that will be delayed, canceled, or misrepresented.”

  31. “75% of workers who voluntarily left their jobs did so because of their bosses and not the position itself.”

  32. “Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” ― Ronald Reagan

  33. “The Law of Win/Win says, ‘Let’s not do it your way or my way; let’s do it the best way.’” — Greg Anderson

  34. “Staying in a situation where you’re unappreciated isn’t called loyalty; it’s called breaking your own heart.”

  35. “I am thankful for all those difficult people in my life. They have shown me exactly who I do not want to be.”

  36. “Thank you for all your hard work. We are going to reward you by giving you other’s people’s work to finish.”

  37. “Even if toxic people are right about what is ‘good,’ they are wrong if the approach is not healthy.” ― John L. Lund

  38. “People don’t leave bad jobs… They leave because of bad bosses, poor management, who don’t appreciate their value.”
    Bad Manager Quotes
    Bad Manager Quotes

  39. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.” ― Dr. Seuss

  40. “According to many sources, a bad boss is also the number one reason why employees quit their job.” ― Susan M. Heathfield

  41. “A bad leader can take a good staff and destroy it, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation.”

  42. “The bottom line is, bad managers are bad for business, and they’re even worse for their employees.” — Leah Arnold-Smeets

  43. “Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” — William Ellery Channing

  44. “There are two ways of meeting difficulties: You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself meeting them.” — Phyllis Bottome

  45. “In a world full of cynics, critics and competitors, we get to choose instead to be cheerleaders for others.” ― Shelley Hendrix

  46. “A bad manager can take a good staff and destroy it, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation.”

  47. “I’m sorry. I was listening until, out of nowhere, I became distracted by this loud, obnoxious noise that turned out to be your voice.”

  48. “Show respect even to people that don’t deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.” — Dave Willis

  49. “Dear Co-worker, yes, please continue to talk incessantly even though I’m doing everything I can avoid making eye contact with you.”

  50. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” — Charles Darwin

  51. “If a flower doesn’t bloom it’s not because there is something wrong with the flower, it’s because something is wrong with the environment.”

  52. “We, the people, are the boss, and we will get the kind of political leadership, be it good or bad, that we demand and deserve.” ― John F. Kennedy

  53. “When dealing with two-faced people, it is difficult to know which face is uglier, the real one or the manufactured one.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

  54. “You can be the most productive and most effective, but politics show up as ego, jealousy and sabotage from bosses who can’t perform.” ― Richie Norton

  55. “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t being said. The art of reading between the lines is a lifelong of the wise.” ― Shannon L. Alder

  56. “When the boss gets mad and takes it out on you, you will do less work, after all nobody likes to reward bad behaviour with a positive response! It’s simple really.”

  57. “When one ceases from conflict, whether because he has won, because he has lost, or because he cares no more for the game, the virtue passes out of him.” — Charles Horton Cooley

  58. “When introverts are in conflict with each other, it may require a map in order to follow all the silences, nonverbal cues and passive-aggressive behaviors!” — Adam S. McHugh

  59. “Listen to those under your supervision. Really listen. Don’t act as if you’re listening and let it go in one ear and out the other. Faking it is worse than not doing it at all.” ― Robert I. Sutton

  60. “It’s a tough world out there. You’re going to prepare yourself for politics, bad bosses, hating employees – and usually when you’re the absolute best, you get hated on the most.” ― Kanye West

  61. “There are some people who always seem angry and continuously look for conflict. Walk away from these people. The battle they’re are fighting isn’t with you, it’s with themselves. Rashida Rowe

  62. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” — Steve Jobs

  63. “The better able team members are to engage, speak, listen, hear, interpret and respond constructively, the more likely their teams are to leverage conflict rather than be leveled by it.” — Runde and Flanagan

  64. “A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting.” — Russell H. Ewing

  65. “Do not think of knocking out another person’s brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago.” — Horace Mann

  66. “Signs of a bad boss: Yelling, fear of conflict, fuzzy expectations, indirectness, ruling by fear, unreliability, uncomfortable workplace, unreasonable demands, drama, defensive, unwillingness to make decisions.”

  67. “The bad day in my life when I got a bad boss. The worse day in my life when my colleagues gave full respect to that boss. And the worst day in my life is when I got a good boss and my colleagues began to disobey him…”

  68. “Sharks don’t eat fish because of anything the fish do. They don’t eat fish because those fish aren’t good enough fish, or because those fish aren’t nice enough to the sharks. Sharks eat fish because they are sharks.” ― Drenda Keesee

  69. “There’s been a quantum leap technologically in our age, but unless there’s another quantum leap in human relations, unless we learn to live in a new way towards one another, there will be a catastrophe.” — Albert Einstein

  70. “The more we run from conflict, the more it masters us; the more we try to avoid it, the more it controls us; the less we fear conflict, the less it confuses us; the less we deny our differences, the less they divide us.” — David Augsburger

  71. “A good manager doesn’t try to eliminate conflict; he tries to keep it from wasting the energies of his people. If you’re the boss and your people fight you openly when they think that you are wrong — that’s healthy.” — Robert Townsend

  72. “If we’re honest, most of us would accept that a bad boss is a little bit like a bad father or a bad husband… you find that he tends to do more good than harm. He might be a bad boss but at least he’s employing someone while he is in fact a boss.” ― Tony Abbott

  73. “We get through life and this is part of the education process also. In real life, we meet bad bosses and good bosses and good friends and bad friends. I think we should let the teachers do their work and not impose too much stuff on them.” ― Philippe Falardeau

  74. “People who are in pain hurts other people, people who are happy makes other people happy, they don’t mistreat other people. When you think of it that way it makes it easier to forgive and have a little bit more compassion towards difficult people.” ― Jeanette Coron

  75. “Bosses shape how people spend their days and whether they experience joy or despair, perform well or badly, or are healthy or sick. Unfortunately, there are hoards of mediocre and downright rotten bosses out there, and big gaps between the best and the worst.” ― Robert I. Sutton


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