It’s pretty much unavoidable. Sooner or later you will nd yourself working for a bad boss. From within the organization, they’re easy to recognize. The boss’s very talented direct reports keep quitting. Open roles are mysteriously difficult to fill no matter how many qualified candidates kick the tires. You start hearing whispers that he’s nine kinds of crazy. It’s cathartic to laugh at the toxic bosses. Office Space and Horrible Bosses have turned bad managers into hilarious protagonists. But, truth is, it’s all fun and games until someone loses a career track. And that’s exactly what weak bosses do to their people. Plus, years of academic research have been crystal clear: Bad bosses are bad for business.