Michael Scott


Regional Manager, Scranton Office – Dunder Mifflin

Bad boss characteristics: scapegoats employees to cover himself, tries too hard to be friends with employees

Although he is often clueless, The Office’s Michael Scott regards himself as the “world’s best boss,” even though his subordinates may not always agree. He cares about running a fun work environment, but also tries too hard to be friends with those he leads. Although he makes them feel important, Scott has a difficult time establishing himself as their superior. Because of his inability to assert himself, his direct reports often have trouble respecting him and taking him seriously. It’s important that all leaders find the right balance between running an enjoyable office environment and providing the necessary structure for company success.

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