In the military, if you have a bad boss, you are forced to wait them out, wait until they PCS or hope they transfer. In a civilian role, you don’t have to wait out a bad boss, you can just leave, which may be your best career choice. You can and should take steps to improve your career situation and move on. In the military, you can’t leave a bad boss….in the civilian work force you can and maybe you should.
The central question in leaving a bad boss is to identify a bad boss. Bad bosses can be great people, they can be well meaning, and they can be genuine. The major tell tale feature of a good boss is that a good boss enables your career and a bad boss holds you back.
There are six primary areas to determine if you work for a bad boss or a good boss.
Once you have determined that you work for a bad boss, you need to make the decision to leave. The decision to leave can be to transfer to a different role in the same company or to leave for a different company all together. First, you must accept that a bad boss is unlikely to change into a good boss. Having a bad boss change into a good boss is a very, very unlikely situation and one that I have never witnessed. Second, if you work for a bad boss, you will never work for a good boss. This is obvious, but unless you decide to change your employment situation, your boss situation will not change. You must take the action to change your work situation. Third, start making career and networking connections to leave immediately. It is tempting to see how things look in three months or a year. Don’t fall for this temptation to “kick the can” down the road – make the decision today to leave a bad boss.
Leaving a bad boss is a difficult but necessary step to enable your full career success. If you work for a bad boss, you will never work for a good boss. Start today to find a good boss!
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About the Author: Chad Storlie is a Retired US Army Officer, the author of Combat Leader to Corporate Leader and has published over 460 articles in over 206 publications on military veterans, career advancement, business, leadership, strategy, education, financial planning, and national security topics. Chad excels as an author, mentor, speaker, and teacher showing business leaders and military veterans how military skills make lives, careers, and businesses better. Chad is an adjunct Professor of Marketing at the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. Chad has a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from Georgetown University. Follow Chad @CombatToCorp and www.CombatToCorporate.com.
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