What to Do When You Work for a Bad Leader

July 18, 2017
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Podcast Episode #346

It can be frustrating to work for a bad leader. But does that mean you have to leave immediately or attempt a coup? Not at all. Today we cover six steps to consider when you work for a bad leader.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • A bad leader is not the same thing as a bad person.
  • A primary characteristic of the best leaders is decisiveness.
  • If you work for a bad leader, follow them in the areas you can.
  • You don’t always have to have positional authority to have influence.
  • Good communication from a leader helps others know the reasoning behind decisions that are made.
  • If you are looking for the good in your leader, you will likely find it.
  • Praying for someone may not change that person, but it likely will change your heart toward them.
  • You will never work for (or be) a perfect leader.

The six steps we discuss are:

  1. Support your leader.
  2. Consider that you may be wrong.
  3. Lead as best you can in your area.
  4. If the relationship allows, ask non-threatening questions.
  5. Seek to affirm your leader whenever it is possible and genuine.
  6. Leave.

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