Management Skills

10 of the Best and Worst Bosses in TV and Film

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In honour of National Boss's Day, we've rounded up some of the most horrific and inspiring (fictional) bosses.

It’s October 16th. But more importantly, it’s National Boss’s day and we’ve rounded up some of the best and worst bosses from tv and film. Keep reading for our list of exceptionally terrible and surprisingly successful leaders:

The Best Bosses 🏆

1. Captain Raymond Holt, Brooklyn 99

Great boss qualities: Direct, transparent, delegates responsibility

“Every time someone steps up and says who they are, the world becomes a better, more interesting place. So thank you.”

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2. Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation

Great boss qualities: Motivating, cheerful, optimistic, creative

“There’s nothing we can’t do if we work hard, never sleep, and shirk all other responsibilities in our lives.”

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3. Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter

Great boss qualities: Inspiring, humble, respectful

“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.”

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4. Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Great boss qualities: Patient, inquisitive, decisive

“Things are only impossible until they are not.”

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5. Miranda Bailey, Grey’s Anatomy

Great boss qualities: Honest, straightforward, compassionate

“Never be afraid to stand up for yourself. Just be sure you are right when you do.”

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The Worst Bosses 👎

6. Michael Scott, The Office

Bad boss qualities: Offensive, selfish, distracting

“Do I want to be feared or loved? Easy – both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”

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7. Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada

Bad boss qualities: Demeaning, demanding, deceptive

“Please bore someone else with your questions.”

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8. Mr. Burns, The Simpsons

Bad boss qualities: Greedy, dishonest, devious

“Family, religion, friendship. These are the three demons you must slay if you wish to success in business.”

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9. Darth Vader, Star Wars

Bad boss qualities: Vengeful, angry, combative

“Be careful not to choke on your aspirations.”

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10. Principal Trunchbull, Matilda

Bad boss qualities: Evil, scornful, terrifying

”It makes me vomit, to think that I am going to have to put up with a load of garbage like you in my school for the next six years.” 

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Celebrate national boss’s day with a shoutout to all the #bestbosses you’ve had on Twitter. 👇

Want to know which fictional boss represents you best? Take this fun quiz!