August 23, 2013, 12:38 PM — We've all had bad bosses here and there, either personally annoying, professionally incompetent or - worst of all - both.
But if you love your job, the company or anything else about the gig, quitting is an option you don't want to choose.
Fear not, Lea McLeod at The Daily Muse says there are three strategies for dealing with an inferior manager while keeping your job - and your sanity.
Change your mindset
If you hold an inadequate manager to the skillet of an excellent manager, you will continue to be disappointed. This person presently - or may never - live up to those expectations and you will continue to be frustrated. Instead, McLeod advises you to see the person for their present abilities and expect nothing more.
"For instance, instead of waiting for your boss to outline your job objectives, become an expert at setting and tracking your own goals," she says. "As you work toward them, don’t expect your manager to remember everything you do; keep a detailed record of your accomplishments and results to share with him or her when review time rolls around."
McLeod brings up a good point: With budget cutbacks, training and development is usually one of the first areas slashed or cut altogether.
"As a result, bosses aren’t always being set up to be great leaders. And so, they may not have the communication, oversight, performance management, or talent development skills you’d expect them to," she notes.
Make Your Manager a Raging Success
Identify your boss' goals and help him or her reach them. Ideally, a good manager would communicate this themselves, but we already established this may be outside their skillet - sadly.
"Then, let your boss know that you totally get it — that you know your job is to make him or her a success," McLeod says. "Ask what you can do to make him or her more successful this week, this quarter, or this year. Then, do it."
Become a Feedback Savant
This sounds incredibly daunting, but McLeod swear it's critical. She encourages you to seek feedback on your performance and then offer praise and/or constructive criticism to him or her.
"As long as you’re respectful and professional, it’s usually received well," she notes. "Quality feedback will help both you and your manager improve."