3 reasons to thank your past experience with shoddy leaders
Let’s face it. Not everyone that makes their way into upper management is fully equipped to lead. But working for one of these individuals can have long term implications on your career. In fact, maybe you had a boss—or bosses—that made your time at ABC company sheer hell.
While it absolutely sucks to work for someone who you can’t stand, all of that anger and frustration can provide you fuel for self improvement. As someone who has been on both ends of the spectrum, I guarantee you learned a thing or two from those first encounters with unsatisfactory leadership.
Here are three reasons to thank your bad bosses for teaching you more than you know.
- You learn from their mistakes. Sometimes the best way to learn is to see exactly what not to do and then rise above it—and you have your bad boss to thank for that. And so do your future employees. Natural progression implies that you, someday, will also be a manager, boss, or a leader. Though you had to go through the trenches with unsatisfactory leaders, the experience created a great learning lesson for you to assimilate all the things not to do when you have yourself some direct reports one day.
- You learn to manage up. As we get older and wiser, we start to realize that sometimes our superiors don’t have all the answers, and they generally need someone to challenge the status-quo. We call this “managing up,” or providing feedback to your boss about what you need to be successful. So after observing firsthand the wrongdoings of faulty leadership, questioning those decisions will not only benefit you, but it will also benefit your business acumen and the success of your company. Thanks, bad boss.
- You learn patience and strategy. Getting hounded about minutiae details (aka: micromanagement) is often a leading characteristic of poor leadership. With such experiences, you learn to take things in stride, adapt and come up with a new approach. This type of patience will benefit you for miles, because not all clients are predisposed for positive communication. Learning how to communicate with different personality types under a variety of circumstances will strengthen your resume, and help you think on your feet.
As tough as it seems, having a bad boss can be a blessing in disguise. And, coming from someone who was once a bad boss himself, I know that there is a lot you can learn from the worst leadership. Find out my biggest mistake as a manager by watching the video below.
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