There are few experiences as demeaning as having a Bad Boss.
A Bad Boss will make you feel worthless, irrelevant, stupid, incompetent--need I go on?
In other words, a Bad Boss will totally tank your self-esteem and self-confidence, to where you slink around work like some sort of zombie reject. Yuck!
How can you possibly get yourself up and out of that situation with zero self-worth? You can’t!
Remind yourself, with a change in attitude and a change in body postures, that you are a strong and worthy person, perfectly capable of leveraging your way to success in the long run.
A recent Harvard Business Review “Management Tip” offered the following, adapted from “Connect, Then Lead” by Amy J.C. Cuddy, Matthew Kohut, and John Neffinger:
“Feel in command.
If you see yourself as an impostor, others will, too. Instead, believe in your abilities and you’ll project confidence, enthusiasm, and passion.
“Stand up straight. Good posture does not mean the exaggerated chest-out pose known in the military as “standing at attention,” or raising one’s chin up high. It just means reaching your full height, using your muscles to straighten the S-curve in your spine.
“Get ahold of yourself. Twitching and fidgeting sends the signal that you’re not in control. Stillness demonstrates calm.”
Got it? Now that you’ve got your Superman game face on, back straight and fidgeting under control, you’ve mastered the first step to succeeding despite your Bad Boss. You’ve regained a sense of your personal power.
Onwards and upwards!