In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast Todd Adkins, Eric Geiger, and I Discuss how to manage working for a boss you don’t like. If you’ve spent any amount of time in the work force there’s a good chance you’ve had to do this. It’s a challenge. How can we handle it well? We ask the following questions:
- Have you ever worked under someone you don’t like?
- What traits or habits make a boss the most difficult to work for?
- How do you know if it’s the boss’s problem or yours?
- Are there warnings signs a person can look for in the hiring process to avoid this situation?
- What are the best ways to keep positive and stay motivated when your boss is difficult?
“If you’ve never had a boss you don’t like just keep working.”
“I gauge bosses on three categories: trust, respect, and like.”
“I can get through a season of not liking my boss if I trust and respect my boss.”
“Political and manipulative are really close.”
“There’s a fine line between savvy and manipulative.”
“Lying makes a boss difficult to work for.”
“It is difficult to work for a boss who is always changing direction and is inconsistent in strategy.”
“If a boss is going to change ideas he needs to build on what is consistent.”
“It’s difficult to work for a boss who doesn’t trust you.”
“Effective companies get rid of jerks.”
“Often times we hate the leadership instead of hating the sin that corrupts.”
“If the common denominator in bad relationships is you the problem is you.”
“If it’s a personality conflict it’s your problem as the one being led.”
“As much as it is up to you be at peace with all men.”
“The people you lead will give you the same trust and respect you give the one leading you.”
“When being hired or hiring, ask situational questions.”
“The mission is bigger than the person.”
“God cares about your sanctification more than he cares about what you’re getting done.”
“If you’re in a position that’s difficult give yourself a time limit.”
“You should always go to somewhere not just from somewhere.”
“ Comparing is not a way to stay hopeful.”