Recent emails and comments from Leadership Freak readers demonstrate that bad bosses are alive and well. This post is dedicated to those who have endured a bad boss and lived to tell about it.
Wouldn’t it be great if everyone had a great boss that appreciated and lifted them? Wouldn’t it be great if your board of directors loved you like you love you?
You’re unique if there haven’t been times you felt overworked and underappreciated. Sadly, few understand the extent of your efforts and the depth of your contribution. Additionally, you may serve sacrificially while others focus on serving themselves.
You may have a bad boss who pushes you down and lifts him/herself up by taking credit for your work. That’s always frustrating.
To make matters worse, bosses don’t understand how others perceive them. They don’t think of themselves as bad bosses. In addition, leaders seldom understand and appreciate the true impact of their words and behaviors on others. In other words bosses have blind-spots.
A Leadership Freak reader’s question
“If in the workplace, a person works very hard, is loyal, has contributed major suggestions and information to the business, and yet is treated disrespectfully and others take credit for his work, how would he approach the leadership?”
Question for the community
Since “abusive” bosses/leaders exist, how should their bad behavior be addressed?
Leadership Freak readers don’t know enough about the situation I mentioned to offer specific counsel. However, we can take this opportunity to offer general suggests and principles for dealing with bad bosses.
The LF reader who sent this question is watching and may interact with your responses.