By Linda Lee

According to research, as many as 36 percent of us have a boss whose leadership style could be described as “dysfunctional.” So, if you’ve long suspected that your boss is nuts, you might be right — and you’ve got a lot of company, to boot. Is it time for YOU to make a change?



Having someone else, whether a colleague or another supervisor, in your corner is one strategy the experts suggest for dealing with a bad boss. It’s also important to try to get enough sleep and seek support from family and friends.

The worst part is that most often, unless you are willing to quit and find another job, you have to find a way to deal with a jerk boss who treats most everyone like crap. If you work for a big company with a human resource department, you should by all means report ‘bad behavior’…even if it is your boss. Large companies have protection measures in place that will protect you from losing your job for simply filing a complaint. But most people who have a dysfunctional boss are too afraid of rocking an already unsteady boat, and fear that things will just get worse if they say anything.

If for whatever reason you cannot file a complaint or change the situation, it’s like I tell myself and my kids: You cannot change someone else, but you CAN change how you deal with them, or better yet, remove yourself from the situation. Yes, its easier said than done, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. While the thought of changing jobs can be scary, if you work for a jerk and are miserable at work….make a change!

Find another job FIRST and then quit and move on! Companies close their doors every day, and people are forced to find another job, so it CAN be done! Your happiness is worth it!


How do you function when your boss is less that you hope they will be?


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