Suzy Welch: This is the No. 1 trait that will kill your career

Everyone knows someone who fits the profile that bestselling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch dubs a “boss hater.”

No matter who this person’s boss may be, they’ll never see eye-to-eye with them. This employee routinely claims to be receiving unfair treatment, and is never satisfied with their work environment — and it’s all their boss’ fault.

“Are you a boss hater?” Welch says. “If you are, watch out.”

You may think you’re being subtle, but the boss can tell. Boss haters, says Welch, direct “an instinctive disdain, a distrust at anyone in charge.”

“In all my years working in the corporate world and advising people about their careers,” Welch says, “boss hating is the number one behavior that kills a career.”

CNBC Contributor Suzy Welch.

CNBC Contributor Suzy Welch.

While a motivated employee will embrace new challenges with enthusiasm, Welch says that “a boss hater is not enthusiastic about new projects, new clients, new technology or the new boss.” Boss haters work against the group’s best interests, and management will notice.

“Any decent leader,” Welch says, “sees how negativity can ruin a team’s productivity.”

Even if boss hating employees are smart or produce great results in the short-term — which actually, Welch says, is often the case — their inability to develop or maintain positive relationships will hold them back.


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