Most articles about bad bosses say that the best thing you can learn from them is how not to manage employees. Can’t disagree with that.
Aside from that, there are other things you can learn from a bad boss that you can’t learn from a good boss.
Tim Sackett wrote a post about some of them here at TLNT. Here’s what he says:
Working at really great companies gives you an opportunity to work in “Utopia”-you get to see how things are supposed to work, how people are supposed to work, how in a perfect world it all fits together.
The reality is we don’t work in “Utopia” (at least the majority of us don’t). We work in organizations that are less than perfect, and some of us actually work in downright horrible companies. Those who work in horrible companies and survive tend to be better hires—they have battle scars and street smarts.”
5 things you can learn
In a New York Times interview with Mark B. Templeton, president and CEO of Citrix, he talks about what he looks for in job candidates.