Learning from your bad boss.


[vimeo id="97654347"] Most of us have worked with a variety of bosses, some good and some bad. Some of us have probably sworn that we will never be like some of our bosses because of our terrible experiences. But have you ever thought about all the lessons that you can learn from your bad bosses. In stead of just swearing off their behavior from your own life, maybe dig deeper into why they weren’t the greatest people and really learn from them. Seek to understand why a leaders behavior is so important in a work environment.

Michael Hyatt wrote and interesting blog on this concept and I want to share a few of the highlights along with some of my own thoughts.

First, leaders should always look at both sides of the story before taking action. This is absolutely important especially when you’re dealing with an internal conflict within your organization. I like to think that there’s always three sides to the story: there’s person one’s story, person two’s story, and finally the truth – which is somewhere in between the first two stories. Leaders need to have patience and wisdom to find that middle ground and eventually arrive at a decision and commit to it. It’s unfortunate to work for people who wont listen to the situation and make hasty decisions, but it’s a lesson we can definitely learn and apply to our own leadership.

Second, tell the truth; then you don’t have to remember what you said. Confident bosses will tell you the truth – always. The Bible says that a lie has a short trail. It simply means that if you’re lying, it will not last. This is a spiritual truth because institutions built on falsities cannot stand. Just take a look at companies like Enron. Their apparent success was built on lies and it eventually caught up to them. If you build your life, your organization or company on solid principles of truth, they will stand when testing comes.

Third, be responsive to everyone at every level. I know there are some bosses out there that won’t give some people the time of day because of their rank in the organization. This is obviously very unfortunate.  I’ve always thought that it is important for leaders to always treat everyone with the same level of respect. When leaders take a genuine interest in people at all levels of leadership, it speaks volumes about their character. I guarantee that people will respect and value your leadership all the more when you make time for them.

Thanks for checking out my blog today. I trust these few points have encouraged you to learn from the lessons of your past bosses and apply them to your own leadership – don’t repeat their mistakes. If you have some lessons you’d like to share, please feel free to respond below. Have a great day!