Why are there so many bad bosses? They're bad because everyone is afraid to tell them. And generally, as you climb the corporate ladder, fewer and fewer people tell you the truth. This is terribly unfair when you think about it. What's a horrible boss to do? I can give you three proven steps.
Today, they may no longer act like they're the ones in charge. But the change is in the style of management. The change is not in the concept of power. Even though you might call your bosses "coaches" instead of bosses, they still have awesome power over you.
It's easy for adults to tell children how to react in bullying situations, including those where the child is a mere witness to such events. Right? What about when witnessing other adults being bullied?
I know people typically think that engaging in a job search can beat you up and be tough on the ego. But I'm here to say not so! For those in professionally unhealthy situations, it can be an uplifting exercise that helps immensely.
Nightmare bosses cause a reactive mess of coping behavior among their team. People will avoid giving them bad/controversial but important news, suck up to them, hide below their radar, or worse, adopt similar behavior with their own teams.
Managers, listen up: stop making your employees quit -- you're not doing the unemployment rate a favor, after all. Switch up your leadership style and stop watching your best employees walk away. Here's how
Seems everyone has a favorite boss encounter of the absurd kind. A tsunami of requests for a follow-up -- along with a slew of anecdotes from friends -- inspired this Top Ten list of boss encounters of the absurd kind.
If you really want to be a good student of the Buddha and you're willing to take on a difficult learning assignment, here's a radical suggestion: love your problem people. They can teach you lessons that wonderful people never can.
These bad bosses aren't usually evil. They are soul destroying. But so are the well-intended, generally good people who have turned into insecure, credit-seeking, micromanaging nightmares. What can you do?