4 On-Screen Bosses That Taught Us How To Be Better Leaders

Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly

In honor of National Boss Day, we found 4 ladies who taught us how kick butt in any situation.

Sunday, October 16th is National Boss Day, and to celebrate, we want to recognize all the femme fatale bosses on television and in the movies. Whether these ladies are mid-level mavens or the top women on the team, there are things we can learn from their leadership style. These ladies know how to take control in any situation. Sometimes you have to be a meanie to get the job done. 

1. Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada
While being the HBIC (Head B**ch In Charge) of a top fashion magazine is a tough job, fear is not a good leadership tactic. Yes, the staff will get things done, but they will be high strung and vengeful. This film was based on the infamous Anna Wintour of Vogue, and after seeing The September Issue, we think her boss style is a little scary. But one thing we must commend about both women is that they never raise their voice. A quiet whisper can be much more dignified than a shout—and just as seething. /node/91407

2. Liz Lemon on "30 Rock"
Being a smarty pants is a good look for the boss. Liz gets respect from her staff (and her boss) because she is a problem solver. She isn't afraid to stick up for what she believes in, so it's all about being fair! But, you should probably leave your personal insecurities at the door. Having the underlings know you are having personal issues because you stuff Twinkies down your throat = bad.

3. Dr. Julia Harris in Horrible Bosses
No, we are not encouraging sexual harassment in the workplace, but we do commend the aggressive nature. Sometimes you have to articulate exactly what you want to your employees to get the results you desire. We also think that a boss with a little bit of work-appropriate sex appeal is spot-on. There is nothing like a pair of heels at work to boost your confidence. 5 Love Lessons We Can Learn from Jennifer Aniston

4. Leslie Knope on "Parks and Recreation"
Down to earth and a little goofy behavior is in place at the office. No one likes a tight wad, so a little joking around the water cooler is, well, cool. But Leslie also knows when to bring the seriousness back. She's not only the boss, but a friend to her staff members. Plus, sometimes a little humor is the only thing to get you through the nine-to-five grind.

What valuable lessons have you learned from the bosses in your life?

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