The image of bosses is mostly one that is negative. They are seen as tough, hard-nosed, uncompromising and often just plain mean. The prevailing attitude is that employees should be afraid of their bosses. The thinking goes that if workers are scared, they will work more.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Even the word “boss” connotes negativity and when people hear the word, they are usually not happy. This mistreatment of employees may have been acceptable decades ago but things are changing and for the better.