Difficult people are a part of life, but being forced to deal with a bad boss every day at work can be just plain miserable. While the majority of bosses you'll work for will be insightful, encouraging, honest, hardworking, and caring individuals from whom you'll learn a lot, chances are a few will be less than delightful. Learning how to handle a bad boss, by managing up appropriately, is a very important step in any recent graduate's career development. David Brinkley, the well-respected and longtime newscaster for NBC and ABC, famoulsy said, "A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.” Learn how to cope with a bad manager early in your career you are more likely to succeed at climbing the ranks.
It is important to make the distinction between a bad boss and just a bad management style. You can learn a lot from a boss even if they can sometimes be difficult to deal with. Your boss may sometimes make decisions that you don’t agree with. Before you assume they don’t know what they’re doing take a moment and realize your boss has different responsibilities and priorities than you do. You may not be aware of the larger picture.
On the other hand, if you find yourself working for someone that you cannot respect, due to unethical behavior or other actions that you cannot condone, then you may be justified going over your boss’s head. However, you should be prepared to look for another job if you choose to do so. This article series assumes that your boss is a good person with a management style that is difficult for you to handle. Here are some examples of the most challenging managerial styles in the workplace.
Five Types of Bad Bosses and Tips for How to Deal with Them
Read the articles below to get tips for dealing with five types of bad bosses you are likely to encounter during your career.