Relationships are never easy, particularly business ones, where you’re expected to produce results through a bunch of wildly differing personalities, skill sets, and experiences. The pressure point of these relationships for the company is the management position. Today’s business culture considers managers are accountable for most, if not all, of the employee problems. And numerous research studies by well-respected organizations identify working for a stellar manager is the catalyst for an employee’s career success. When employees buy into this mental blame game, the sad bi-product is individuals mired in victimhood.
I’ve examined this conviction for over 30 years, and I’m here to tell you this principle is a lie!Let me share what I’ve discovered through asking employees two simple questions. I urge you to pay attention because this is a career-changer. I asked:
- How many bosses have you had in your career?
- Of those bosses, how many would you count as a terrific boss who supported you and your career?
Let’s explore opportunities reporting to a “Less Than” boss presents you.
- Your boss is in a place of authority because the organization values the qualities he or she exhibits. As you recognize the admired attributes of your boss, you’ll gain insight into what the company honors—you may want to consider taking some of them on for yourself.
- Supporting and partnering with your boss for the greater good of the organization sets you up as a team player. Companies don’t like employees who point fingers at others. Instead, join the team and be the difference-maker no matter the quality of your boss.
- Ask for assignments that are low hanging fruit for your boss, but aren’t to you. This approach will set you up for the future. It adds value not only to your resume. It also offers you higher-level skills well above your pay grade—not a bad thing for your career.