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Is it Strange to Hate Your Boss?

NY Mag

Although having a boss that inspires you is important, not all of us are lucky enough to get along with our boss. Hating your boss is normal after all.

I imagine that working in super cool start-up under a boss that’s more of a leader and innovator than a boss must be great. But, most of us are not lucky enough to have bosses that make work fun; most of us are destined to have micromanaging bosses that make our workday a living hell.

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Under these circumstances it’s not strange to hate your boss, it’s almost expected. Of course, it would be advisable not to hate your boss because you’ll need his or help to get ahead in your career. But, if it can't be helped, you’re going to have to learn how to deal with it.

Your Boss Is Supposed to Inspire You

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The problem with hating your boss isn’t so much the fact that you hate them, it’s more to do with whether they can still inspire you. Let me just draw an example from pop culture, In The Devil Wears Prada, the boss was the ultimate evil boss. She was ruthless; she was demanding, and she was the definition of a bad boss personified.

But, throughout the movie, she remained an inspiration to Andrea. No matter how bad a boss she was, she was always a source of inspiration. Andrea’s boss was an innovator and leader in the fashion industry, and this was a constant source of inspiration for Andrea that made her work hard.

The point here is that it’s okay to hate your boss if they’re micromanagers etc., so long as they inspire you to achieve greatness. If they’re your role model or if you feel that you want to stick with them because they’re innovators in your industry then you should. Remember that you can learn a lot from the right leader and if you can cope with their weirdness, there’s no reason to jump ship.

But, if your boss does not provide any source of inspiration, then you owe it to yourself to leave the job. To achieve greatness in your professional life, you need to be interested in the job you do and if all your job provides you with is hatred for your boss, you’re never going to be able to move ahead.

Is Your Boss Helping You Fulfil Your Potential?

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Similarly, your boss also needs to help you fulfil your potential, whether that’s because they believe in you and they want to help you or because they recognize your talent, it’s important to have a boss/leader who believes in you.

The problem here lies with being able to tell if your boss believes in you. When it comes to bad bosses it’s hard to recognize whether they dislike you because you’re a member of the human tribe or because they don’t find you worthy. So, you’re going to need to decipher how your boss really feels about you.

For example, if they value your opinion, trust you to do some tasks on your own, or even if they simply hand over tons of responsibilities to you, these are all signs that your boss trusts you and believes that you can be trusted to complete the work.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you should take torture and humiliation lightly. You should stand up for yourself and ask your boss for a lighter workload or more responsibilities etc.

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Hating your boss is not the end of the world, and you don’t have to abandon a boss you hate so long as they inspire you and give you credit for your work. Remember that the path to success is not a bed of roses.

Do you hate your boss? Do you think it is justified? your thoughts an comments below please...

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