In the course of the average person’s career, chances are that you would have a bad boss at least once. Yes, nobody really desires this, but there it is. But it’s not all bad. Having a bad boss – especially early in your career is a big opportunity to learn some valuable lessons, even though you might not realize it at the time.
The different types of horrible boss – from the lazy ones to the overbearing managers and the pompous bosses even with their million and one shortcomings will definitely teach you some of the most important lessons you need to learn in your career and probably other aspects of your life as well.
It takes some patience and creativity when interpreting situations and behaviors, but if you can look past the surface, you might learn these lessons.
- Appreciate a good boss when you eventually get one:
Brace yourself for some unpleasant news: most bosses are NOT good. People who are relatively new in their career paths will be dismayed to discover this, but a really good boss – one who listens, is reasonable and can put himself in your shoes – is not easy to come by. Not that every other person is a boss from hell, but bad bosses are easier to come by. As a result of this, when you come across an exceptionally good boss, you will appreciate him or her for it.
With time, you will learn how to handle less than pleasant bosses, and this “experience” will help you protect yourself when you are interviewing for new jobs. You will also learn how to look for the bright side in every bad boss situation and get the most out of them before moving on.
- You can question your boss:
If you’ve ever had a bad boss, you’ve definitely had the urge to do this – several times.
You might originally trust that your boss is the one currently in charge and so he/she must have the skills and experience to manage the team. But one bad decision – or maybe several bad decisions – later, you get the feeling that they probably don’t know enough to lead or manage the team. At this point, you realize that the title “manager” is not synonymous with “omniscient”. If your boss is missing something that you can help out with, it’s in everyone’s best interest to speak up.
- Don’t take every bad experience to heart:
Your first few experiences with a bad boss will probably shake you and have you questioning your skills and ability to deliver. But with time, you will come to the realization that not all criticism is constructive and a bad boss could be like a bad friend – you know? the kind that doesn’t pass up a chance to make you feel inadequate. Look at all criticism objectively and don’t take every criticism personally. You would save yourself a lot of emotional distress this way.
- Even a bad boss is right sometimes:
No matter how bad your boss seems, how incompetent, bad tempered or clueless, there is at least one thing that they’re getting right. It may take you a while to discover it, or it’s something you’re unwilling to admit just out of spite, but you know it deep down. Finding out where your bad boss gets it right – though it might be hard – will teach you a few lessons about their methods and how you can apply it in another time or place to better yourself.
- You will learn how not to be a bad boss yourself:
Everyone who has ever had a horrible boss has said to themselves “I will NEVER do this to my staff when I become a boss” at least once. Whether it’s not paying wages on time or being disrespectful or not showing appreciation when your workers do more than is required for the progress of the team, even when they know there is no reward for it. When you eventually become a manager yourself, your experience with bad bosses will be the best guide to doing right by your staff.