Leading Positively: Stop that Bad Boss – Nu Leadership Series

“There are too many leaders anointed because they have a public voice – television, radio, or record, or whatever. That even includes myself. In the past, I’d say, ‘Don’t anoint me when you can anoint yourself.’”
Chuck D.

Can one bad boss destroy a good organization? Let’s follow this thought. We have all dealt with an ineffective boss (indirectly or directly). What can employees do? According to an unofficial poll conducted by BadBossology.com, 48% of workers ridicule the boss to co-workers, 34% go over his/her head to the boss’s managers, 14% quit the position or project at a crucial time to hurt this boss, and 2% turn in subpar work in the bad boss’s name. Unfortunately, some employees eventually seek revenge through personal attacks on these bad bosses.

Under stressful situations, people—yes, even good Christian folks—can do bad things to people who attack them. That is why Jesus challenges us to be different. 1 Peter 2:9 reads, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people…” Jesus knew people would try to challenge our spiritual liberty by assaulting us, even in our workplace. God, however, provides us with coping skills (Galatians 5: 22, 23).

Therefore, when your co-workers attack you and say, “Girl, I wouldn’t take that from him. He’s your boss, not your daddy,” You can rest assured that God has taken care of this situation.Develop a long-term trust. Start today!

Coombes, A (February 26, 2006). Dealing with bad bosses. Knoxville News Sentinel. C7-C8.

The Bible, King James Version on http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=67&chapter=2&verse=9&version=9&context=verse

© 2006 by Daryl D. Green