Before You Blame the Boss...
We all complain about our bosses: Your boss can never match his shoes with his belt. Your boss misplaces her iPhone every day and tells you to call it so she can find it. Your boss constantly solicits compliments regarding how good he looks since losing 15 pounds nine months ago.
Office professionals must deal with the complicated reality of working with the same people day after day for years at a time. But this challenge becomes a real struggle when the most annoying person at your work is your boss. You don't respect them. They don't inspire you. Your boss is incompetent. But the truth may be this: Your problem isn't your boss; it's you.
Accept the fact that your reality may not be other people's realities. Know that your take on a situation could be completely wrong, especially when it comes to your idiot boss, who just may be a compilation of a lifetime of your other bosses. As this article explains:
“Your current boss isn't the first authority figure you've encountered. Even if you're just entering the workforce, you've already experienced a string of them, starting with your parents and extending through older siblings, schoolyard bullies, teachers, coaches and a host of others. The sum of those experiences and the lessons you've drawn from them, usually in the form of unspoken assumptions, shape how you deal with and what you expect from every new authority figure, such as your current boss.”
Remember that part of everyone's job is to make their boss look good. This means overlooking their annoying quirks and bad habits and focusing on how you can help the both of you succeed. Help your boss by being the boss of you.
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