48% said they would fire their boss if they could, 29% would have their boss assessed by a workplace psychologist

Statistics on Bosses: Leaders or Managers, Who Makes a Good Boss?

Leadership is very different than management. A good boss may have leadership skills and management skills but use them interchangeably at appropriate times. A leader inspires, leads by example, and forges the way for others. A manager focuses on assigning tasks, making sure those tasks are completed, and that the employees have the resources needed to complete such tasks.

“48% of employees would like to fire their boss; 29% would like to have their boss assessed by a psychologist” — badbossology.com

I referred to this statistic once before. Possibly those bosses who employees would like to fire are more managerial oriented than they should be. A great quote sums it up.

“Leaders don’t inflict pain, they bear it.” — Max Depree, Leadership is an Art

1. Respect people

2. Understand that what we believe precedes policy and procedure

3. Understand that relationships count more than structure. Structure doesn’t build trust. People build trust.

— Max Depree, Leadership is an Art

“Leaders must assess capability. This is the risk of leading. A leader must be a judge of people. For leaders choose a person, not a position.” —Max Depree, Leadership is an Art

I have an affinity for leaders. I admire those who have lead me. I am more than willing to follow a good leader. I am interested in learning leadership skills from my admired leaders. Even leaders need role models.

69% of business leaders say it’s important to have a mentor. –Grant Thornton’s View newsletter, December 2005

What defines a leader?

Emotional intelligence is what defines a leader, according to the authors of Primal Leadership. This book lists the ingredients for a successful leader:




Self- Management

Personal Competence

Emotional self-awareness

Emotional self-control


Accurate self-assessment












Social Awareness

Relationship Management

Social Competence


Inspirational leadership


Organizational awareness




Developing others


Change catalyst


Conflict management


Building bonds


Teamwork and collaboration

— Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee; Primal Leadership




“Leaders owe people … freedom in the sense of enabling our gifts to be exercised. We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity.” — Max Depree, Leadership is an Art

 How to build a team:


Foster in each member…Â

1. The right to be needed, involved

3. The right to a reciprocal relationship in which everyone receives what was agreed to

4. The right to understand the mission, their own personal career, competition, and to feel comfortable in their working environment.

5. The right to affect one’s own destiny

6. The right to be accountable

7. The right to appeal

8. The right to make a commitment- a right to be allowed to do their best.


Leadership is never handled carelessly- we share it, but we don’t give it away. We need to be able to count on the other person’s special competence. We can see that we can’t go very far without each individual. By ourselves we suffer limitations, but together we can be something wonderful. –Max Dupree, Leadership is an Art

75% of executives say good physical fitness is critical for career success at the executive level. –TheLadders.com, November 2005


3 thoughts on “Statistics on Bosses: Leaders or Managers, Who Makes a Good Boss?

  1. Hi,
    I would like to use your statistics (48% of employees want to fire their boss…) in my speech paper on leadership. Would you be able to tell me where those statistics came from, or who preformed the study? Thankyou!

  2. I too would like to use your statistic 48% of employees want to fire their boss on a paper I am writing about good boss vs bad boss.

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