What do mean, your boss is not perfect!
There are some. I have met some.
But the majority are flawed.
They are human.
In the past, I have responded in different ways.
I accepted their flaws. That seemed to limit my performance, because I did not get the best guidance, coaching and development.
I walked away to get another job. That had the effect of weakening my CV. The next job always took me a while to get up to performance. I sometimes behaved like a victim.
I pushed back sometimes. So I showed up as a rebel, not compliant and was marked down on reviews.
There must be a better alternative.
My old approach when I discovered I was working for a flawed boss was to mentally list all their flaws then share them with other victims of the same boss. Sharing tends to amplify things, so the flaws gained power and became even more noticeable.
So I made their imperfections more powerful and have an even bigger effect on me. Good victim!
A better alternative.
List the flaws and then list the behaviour that the perfect boss would display.
Then call upon the part of you that can behave that way – you must be an expert, otherwise you would not be able to acknowledge its existence.
Then you take responsibility for infilling your bosses flaws.
You might find that your leadership skill evolves, you might become more forgiving of your flawed boss – poor human! And your own performance and enjoyment of your current work improves. So between you and your boss, you have created your perfect boss.
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