Mumbai: `My boss is the worst' is a common peeve.

Turns out it is indeed quite common. Employees across the globe, including India, feel that bosses are ineffective and lack empathy, or even the leadership skills, a survey says.
"About 68 percent want to change their job only because of their manager's attitude, 34 percent don't consider their manager to be effective at his or her job and only 40 percent reported that their boss never damages their self-esteem," says talent management firm DDI in its latest report, `Lessons for Leaders from the People Who Matter'.

Two out of every five respondents (39 percent) revealed that they had left a job primarily because of their leader, while a 55 percent said they had considered leaving a job because of the leader.

Only 56 percent of the employees said that their current leader helps them to be more productive.

The survey was conducted in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, India, Germany and South East Asia (Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore), covering over 1,250 full-time employees in non-management positions.

When asked if they feel motivated to give their best to their leader, 37 percent employees said "only sometimes" or "never". This feeling affects the turnover, the report says.

Interestingly, more men than women felt they could be a more effective leader than their current boss (53 percent vs. 34 percent).

"When asked if their leader handles workplace conflict effectively, 42 percent of employees surveyed responded either `only sometimes' or `never'," the report adds.

Again, 35 percent felt their leader listens to their work-related concerns only sometimes or never.

The survey also found that 60 percent felt that their boss at least "sometimes" damages their self-esteem.

And here is an interesting difference between male and female perceptions: Men were found to be twice as likely as women (32 percent versus 17 percent) to say that their leader's actions damage the self-esteem.