There are many contenders for the most narcissistic boss at Waystar Royco, the fictional family-owned media empire on HBO's Succession, which with 25 Emmy nods, is the most Emmy-nominated show of the year.There's Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong), the self-destructive martyr with a fragile ego; Shiv Roy (Sarah Snook), the cunning political consultant; and Roman Roy (Kieran Culkin), the sniveling, entitled brat who thinks he's much smarter and capable than he is.In the end, though, it's the company's founder-CEO and Roy family patriarch, Logan Roy (Brian Cox), who wins the title. A self-made billionaire, Logan is an abusive and callous megalomaniac. He constantly undercuts and undermines his children by pitting them against each other in a series of twisted competitions to see who will succeed him as CEO. Recovering from an abusive boss isn't easy, but experts offer some ways to cope. As Logan's ex-wife Caroline, played by Harriet Walter, said, He never saw anything he loved that he didn't want to kick, just to see if it would still come back.Sylvie Grateau, quelle horreur!The fictional former chief marketing officer for Savoir's Paris location has no patience for her American intern Emily Cooper (Lily Collins). Far from making the marketing firm a welcoming environment, Grateau (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu) is arrogant and downright cruel to Cooper, who's desperately trying to adapt to a new culture and language. From the onset, Grateau sets the ice-cold tone for their relationship.Look, you come to Paris, you walk into my office, you don't even bother to learn the language, Grateau said to Cooper. So, perhaps we'll work together but, no, we won't be friends.The boss snubs Cooper in front of her colleagues, mocks her difficulty with French, and even excludes her from important meetings. She's the adult version of a high-school mean girl, and her behavior is unacceptable. If you're dealing with an office bully like Grateau, here's how to speak up.Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) lives an immaculate double life running a fictional ruthless methamphetamine empire in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a chain of chicken restaurants called Los Pollos Hermanos. The cold-hearted boss runs both businesses with an iron fist, often exerting control over employees and henchmen.Viewers see Fring murder both allies and rivals to maintain his public-facing image as a friend of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the approachable owner of the local eateries. But this image has crumbled at times and his mean, micromanaging tendencies have surfaced. One example is when he is overlooking one of his assistant managers at Los Pollos Hermanos, Lyle, closing up shop. Fring is unhappy with how one employee cleaned the deep fryers and demands that Lyle fix the job multiple times, while spitting demeaning comments.Demanding extremely high standards from employees is a major red flag among real managers. Micromanaging bosses with unrealistic standards usually see their expectations backfire as employees lose morale and become demotivated, studies have found.What's not to love about a romantic dramedy about a Korean American woman navigating her tumultuous love life and high-stakes career as a lawyer? Her boss.The new Netflix series Partner Track, based on the 2013 novel of the same name, follows Ingrid Yun (Arden Cho) on her attempt to make partner in the mergers-and-acquisitions team at a prestigious law firm. Marty Adler (Matthew Rauch), her boss and the managing partner of mergers and acquisitions, is a walking example of toxic masculinity and fake allyship. He perpetuates a cliquey bro culture among the young male lawyers and uses Yun as a token woman of color to counteract public scrutiny over a racist incident at a company event. Adler displays several other signs of a bad boss. For example, he believes he is always right, assigns blame but never praise, practices favoritism, and never thinks his employees' efforts are enough. What's more, the firm where Yun and Adler work at could be described as a company that has not done the work necessary to create a just workplace for people of color, according to Kim Roberts, founder and principal of Triangle Investigations, a group of lawyers conducting misconduct investigations.Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) isn't just a bad boss on Game of Thrones, she's a murderous villain. A bad boss won't just jeopardize your career growth — they'll also negatively impact your personal life, Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert, previously told Insider. With her scathing criticisms of her staff and loved ones and willingness to commit mass murder, it's impossible to find a moment when Lannister makes a leadership choice for her people and not for herself. What's more, lying and favoritism, which Lannister practices regularly, are two signs of a toxic boss.In fact, Lannister's favoritism of her children and her twin brother is what leads to many of her worst moments as queen. For example, rather than feeding the poor of the city with the leftovers from her son's wedding feast, as her new daughter-in-law instructs, Lannister gives the food to dogs.How could the relentlessly perky and plucky Leslie Knope land on a list of TV's worst bosses? Well, on the spectrum of bad managers, there's such a thing as toxic positivity. Knope (Amy Poehler) — a deputy director in the parks and recreation department of the fictional Pawnee, Indiana — is cheerful and optimistic to a fault. She believes herself to be a budding political star in the vein of her heroes Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Condoleezza Rice. In reality, she's a pushy, delusional town bureaucrat unaware that her colleagues mostly just humor her pie-in-the-sky plans and ambitions.While her can-do confidence and naivete are amusing for viewers, having a boss like Knope in real life would be tedious and invasive. For beneath her veneer of happy confidence, Knope is deeply controlling and self-centered.For instance, she once tried to plan the pregnancy of her colleague Ann (Rashida Jones) via color-coded binders and uterine cartoons. And every year, she insists that her female colleagues attend a Galentine's Day brunch with her, where she give them bizarre, downright creepy gifts, including mosaic portraits of their likenesses made from the crushed bottles of their favorite diet soda. Here's how to handle someone's toxic positivity in the workplace.Charles Montgomery Plantagenet Schicklgruber Burns (Harry Shearer) has been terrorizing employees for decades on The Simpsons, the longest-running US sitcom. As the owner of Springfield's nuclear-power plant and Homer Simpson's boss, Burns spends much of his time on the show trying to increase his wealth through devious schemes. When he's not firing or rehiring workers on a whim, or forgetting employees' names, he's usually monitoring them through closed-circuit cameras at the plant.A selfish boss, Burns does not care for employees' rights, as the plant is filled with obvious safety violations that endanger workers' health and safety. In an episode from 1993, Homer takes charge of Springfield Nuclear Power Plant's trade union. Disgusted by the basic rights requested by the union, Burns punishes workers by removing their dental plans, which prompts a strike. In response, Burns turns off the town's electricity. Bosses who disregard employee needs are facing a reckoning, especially as workers quit at record rates.Michael Scott (Steve Carell) is the self-proclaimed best boss of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Co.'s branch in Scranton, Pennsylvania. But the often unhinged and almost always inept manager is wildly inappropriate in the workplace. Many of his comments, written to satirize self-absorbed bosses, are sexist, racist, and ableist. Whether he's discussing an employee's weight, sexual identity, or race, Scott never misses an opportunity to cause offense, thereby creating a working environment filled with harassment. Despite his good intentions in calling team meetings, they always end up in chaos. Whether it's his problematic impersonation of someone who's been formerly incarcerated as Prison Mike or his playing Santa Claus for a holiday party and inviting his colleagues to sit on his lap, Scott would likely have been fired by human resources in the real world.The Dunder Mifflin manager chooses favorites, calls employees in on weekends, and shows up uninvited to after-hours gatherings, all tell-tale signs of a terrible boss. Overall, Scott is an absolute mess of a business leader, even if he makes viewers cackle.Don Draper might look like the quintessential 1960s dreamboat, but the Mad Men character (Jon Hamm), is stoic, virile, and unapologetic in the wielding of his Anglo-American male dominance.As the creative director of the fictional Sterling Cooper ad agency, Draper's chauvinism is on prominent display in interactions with his protégé, Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), whom he promotes from the secretarial pool only to spite his privileged arch nemesis, Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser).For example, Olson, who struggles to find her footing as the only woman copywriter at the ad agency, feels the brunt of Draper's misogyny when she raises her hand to work on a coveted account. Despite Draper's verbal lashings at Olson's attempts to assert herself, he is also a champion for her career. Draper provides mentorship and rescues her from a disastrous personal and professional meltdown. Anyone who has experienced this Draper-esque brand of leadership might relate to the love-hate dynamic between the duo. If you're dealing with a boss who both advocates for and abuses you, here is some insight into the complicated dynamic.Richie Jerimovich (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) is a rough-around-the-edges yet lovable neighborhood tough guy who manages The Original Beef in The Bear.The casual relationship between Jerimovich and the cooks, who've spent years razzing each other against the backdrop of buzzing ticket orders and restaurant regulars, creates a chaotic environment. What's more, Jerimovich's authority is threatened when Carmy Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), a Michelin-starred chef, returns home to run the family business after his brother's death.As the two butt heads, staffers are forced to choose between Berzatto's desire to elevate the restaurant to its unrealized potential and Jerimovich's insistence on maintaining business as usual. Oftentimes, the dueling visions leads to aggressive arguments and confusion for workers. If you find yourself in the crossfire of a Richie vs. Carmy power struggle, there might be a way to work it to your advantage. Here's how Harvard researchers say employees can win in the game of office politics.