I recently listened to a webinar led by Annie McKee, best selling author and internationally recognized leadership adviser on “How to be Happy at Work.” She was asked a question about how to deal with a difficult boss. A part of her answer was to ask yourself,
What do I think is riding my boss?
How can I see him/her as human?
How can I set emotional boundaries and keep a good sense of self?
She then reminded us that much of what is going on is the boss’s problem and to try a little empathy.
Having worked with difficult bosses, I know how easy it is to get into negative spin. I talked to a former peer after leaving one challenging job and she replied that our company President had calmed down after a few years and was probably nervous his first years in such a role.