Your boss is kind of a jerk.
OK, your boss is really a jerk. I get it. He or she is the world’s best micromanager and has no compassion for what you go through on a day-to-day basis. With little to no concern for your career growth, your boss likes to swoop in and take all the glory for work that YOU did. Your boss certainly doesn’t have your back, if anything you have to watch your back around your boss for fear of repercussions in the form of mandated overtime, discouraging feedback, or just general boss brouhaha that you could seriously do without. After all, you’re at work to do a job and do it well. You don’t need your time there tainted by a bad boss.
But what if I told you your bad boss is a blessing?
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You may think I’m bat-shit crazy to be telling you your bad boss is a blessing but here’s the rub: your bad boss is teaching you A LOT, more than you realize. Here are a few not-so-obvious reasons that your bad boss is a blessing.
Your Bad Boss teaches you exactly how NOT to manage
If you hope to manage people some day, your bad boss can teach you a lot about how you don’t want to show up as a manager. When I reflect back on the worst bosses I ever had, I knew I didn’t want to be like them in any way. Whether it was their penchant for playing political games, or inappropriately gossiping or complaining about staff. Or perhaps it was how they took credit for work that I had done and suppressed my career advancement. They were in leadership positions and they really shouldn’t have been.
Bad bosses show you that you want to be the opposite of them. That you want to exhibit compassion and empathy to your team. That you want to be encouraging and empowering so that your team can do their best work possible.
Your Bad Boss motivates you to find better work
Maybe your bad boss is the sign you needed to find different and better work. Whether it is with another department, company, or in a totally different industry, the daily discomfort of dealing with your horrible boss might be the kick in the ass you needed to really figure out what you want to do for work.
Your Bad Boss shows you how NOT to live a good life
Your bad boss might be a work martyr and expect the same of you. They are all about work, only have friends at work, and work long hours just so they can tell others about all the long hours they’ve worked. This is a lonely existence and an awful way to live. What happens when they retire?
There’s far more to life than the nine to five and you realize that especially when you witness your boss’ sad existence. This is not how you want your career to be let alone your life.
Even though it might not seem like it, your bad boss really is a blessing. Their nagging, berating and inappropriate behaviour sometimes is too much to bear. But you can use this as your motivation and dare I say, inspiration, to create a better working environment and career for yourself.
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