Four Terrible Habits of Highly ‘Defective’ Leaders

They keep half the info hidden inside their belly

S M Mamunur Rahman
5 min readOct 18, 2021


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“I don’t care if you’re black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor. If you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Simple as that.” ~ Robert Michaels

Is the leader you work under nice to you?

During my five years of professional life, I had tough luck. The leaders I worked under were not the ones I wanted. Even I left my previous job in November 2020, and one of the reasons was my boss; he didn’t treat me well despite all the things I did for the company. The credit was due, and I was very much disappointed. To me, he was a defective leader.

I‘ve met many defective leaders in my tiny career as one of my responsibilities was to maintain liaison with different governments and non-govt organizations. But, of course, I saw the good ones too, and some of them left a lasting impact on my mind.

But the hard truth is those good leaders were always a minority. It’s the defective ones who roar like lions, suck all your potentials, treat you badly, limit your growth, and keep you always under their feet.

Well, I don’t know what type of leader you are working under. But according to a global poll, the majority of people hate their job. So, I can safely assume that your boss can be a defective leader as well.

Anyway, if you have some doubts, you can check whether your boss is a defective leader or not after finishing this article. So, let’s explore a few terrible habits that all highly defective leaders have in common.

They Spread Fear

When you work under a highly defective leader, you feel the fear of losing your job anytime. You feel insecure and stressed.

When you see your boss coming towards you, you become alert, and your mind revisits all your tasks only to make sure whether you’ve done anything wrong. And when your boss is not in the office, that’s the only time you feel truly happy.



S M Mamunur Rahman

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