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4 Powerful Lessons You Learn From Having A Bad Boss

Bad bosses: We’ve all had them. They might expect too much from you, or in other cases, delegate too little. Maybe your boss is a micromanager, or maybe he or she is just terribly disorganized. Maybe your boss is unapproachable or even insulting. You may find that your boss is unethical, or incompetent, or maybe your boss plays favorites. No matter what the case is, all bad bosses have one thing in common: they can make the best teachers.

It sounds self-contradictory, but it’s true. Often times, the worst bosses are the ones we can learn the most from. This is because they can teach us some of the most important lessons–– what not to do. Here are 4 powerful lessons you learn from having a bad boss.

1. Professionalism is key

Inevitably, you will have to deal with people who get under your skin. It is a fact of life that some people might make your blood boil, and in some cases, these people may include the ones you work with, even your boss. It is important to remind yourself to always keep your composure and handle yourself in the most professional manner. This will lead to healthier work relationships, and may even come in handy for future promotions. If you decide to seek employment elsewhere, professionalism is key to resigning amicably from your job.

2. Speaking up matters

It’s no question that it’s important to develop one’s voice, but everyone does it at their own pace. However, having a bad boss has the potential to put you on the fast track for this process. This type of situation forces you to develop your voice because the circumstances require you to use it. Speaking up becomes increasingly necessary in order to assert your own boundaries, express your opinions, and draw your own lines (all within reason, of course). Having a bad boss not only teaches you to develop and use your own voice, but it can also show you why it is important to do so. Otherwise, you risk allowing people like your boss to walk all over you.

3. Empathy goes a long way

Not only is it central to healthy human interaction, but empathy is also a necessary ingredient for creating a positive company culture. One way to show empathy is to express appreciation for the contribution that another person makes, because recognizing someone as a valuable asset can serve as the necessary motivation for them to want to work even more effectively. Additionally, studies show that empathy can have an impact on employee retention, and that a correlation exists between empathy in the workplace and financial performance.

4. If you don’t delegate, you might demotivate

No one likes a ball-hog. The best way to make the most out of your resources is to use them all to your advantage. If a boss does everything themselves, they might give off the impression that they believe their employees lack the skills or competence to perform a given task. Micromanaging wastes time, effort, and talent. On the flip side, however, assigning too much responsibility to one employee can be overwhelming and demotivating. The best approach is to delegate, within reason, in order to allow employees to further develop their skills while not feeling overwhelmingly burdened by new responsibility.

Ultimately, having a bad boss is rarely considered a good experience. Before jumping to conclusions, however, we should take a look at the silver lining: each employment situation, even the most miserable one, is an opportunity to learn and grow. Sometimes, it takes the worst boss to cause you to develop your best skills and strongest assets. Visit our blog to find more articles such as this one, and learn how great leaders inspire and how failure is just a step on the path to success.

By Barbachano Staff

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