You can wail and scream at the Fates for landing you in a job with a horrible boss, but it won’t get you out from under your Bad Boss. Not at all.
Before you can even consider strategies for succeeding despite your Bad Boss, you’ve got to get your resilience on. Yup, that’s right, your resilience: what dictionary.com defines as “the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity.” Your boss being the obvious “illness, depression, adversity.”
Current research by Rosabeth Moss Kanter concludes: “No one can completely avoid troubles and potential pitfalls are everywhere, so the real skill is the resilience to climb out of the hole and bounce back. Volatile times bring disruptions, interruptions, and setbacks, even for the most successful among us. Companies at the top of the heap still have times when they are blindsided by a competing product and must play catch-up. Sports teams that win regularly are often behind during the game. Writers can face dozens of rejections before finding a publisher that puts them on the map.”
Get your resilience going! Decide that you are going to be successful. Decide that you have what it takes, and if you don’t, you can get that skill, training, whatever. Summon your inner Indiana Jones/Scarlett O’Hara and never ever let a Bad Boss get you down.
With the winner’s attitude of resilience, you can achieve the work success you dream of--even in the presence of a Bad Boss.