There are a lot of bad bosses. And there are a lot of good ones, too. How do you know which you work for?
The narcissist always blames the boss. One after another, from one position to the next, these employees claim to have a string of bad luck. They always find themselves the victim of poor management.
“Everyone agrees,” they claim. “My boss stinks.” Really? Perhaps everyone you’re speaking with agrees. (Misery loves company.)
This is not a defense for those managers who flagrantly disregard the human psyche and spirit in their interactions, or show little capability in accessing the potential of those around them. It’s quite the opposite.
The real value isn’t created by determining what type of boss you work for. Whether your supervisor is a skilled leader or someone who is the victim of the Peter Principle, the question is this: What are you going to do about it?
If your boss regularly disappoints you, staying angry is an option. Such an emotional response has the illusion of being easier. But there’s nothing easy about suffering over the long term. This, then, makes the alternative a more productive response: Determine your responsibility in the matter and act on it.
If your supervisor meets (exceeds!) your expectations, now is the time to act. Beyond the simple “thank you” note, ask them questions to leverage the momentum. Seeking to learn from those who model mastery is not only wise, it’s a higher compliment.
This isn’t about your boss. Now is your chance to ensure people know who you are.
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