Great success often comes on the heels of great challenge, and as “The Lessons of Experience: How Successful Executives Develop on the Job” teaches us, one of the most formative developmental experiences of future leaders is--you guessed it--having a Bad Boss.
Even if you’re not moving up the ladder any time soon, pay attention to the ways your Bad Boss behaves that you don’t like. That no one in the workplace likes.
Then entertain a little self-examination. Not the kind where you sigh “poor me,” dragging as you are under the dead weight of this impossible Bad Boss, but the kind where you take a hard look at yourself.
Do you have any behaviors that even remotely resemble those of your Bad Boss? Shudder! Cop to them, and then use this time before you’re in that higher, better, position, to nix those behaviors and adopt new, more appropriate workplace behaviors.
You’ll rise faster through the ranks, and when you do accede to that management position you covet, those who report to you will thank you!