How to Deal with a Challenging Boss
One of the worse situations is when a challenging manager has made a mistake. While some managers are open to receiving criticism, the difficult manager is not open to receiving any type of feedback or criticism. It is important to keep in mind criticizing or correcting your manage, just to show your superiority, is not a smart career move.
First, ask yourself if this is truly a battle worth fighting? If so, there are some actions you can take to soften the blow. Talk to your manager in private. Openly criticizing them in front of the staff may lead to a charge of insubordination, warranted or not. Make sure you give specific examples and do not make it personal.
If you have a complaint about your manager, do not share your dissatisfaction with the rest of the office. They may be your co-workers, but the rest of the staff will be looking out for their own jobs. Think how many points they can score with management by sharing the details of your latest tirade.
Keep your emotions in check. Many employees admittedly walk around wearing their hearts on their sleeves, and their dissatisfaction on their face. If this is you, it may be time to change. First, remove the emotions from the situation. If your boss has criticized you, look to see if there is any validity to their criticism. Think of their criticism as work place issues. Find the value in yourself and remember this when you feel wrongfully challenged.
Dealing with a difficult manager is never easy. It's important to continue to communicate with your manager to resolve issues. As you learn to work with your manager, there may be times when he may be totally out of line. This may include harassment, discrimination or threats. There are ways to deal with those types of situations. They may be what stands between you and your next promotion.
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