7 Life Skills You Can Learn From Bad Managers

Anyone that has had the pleasure of working with talented, wise or hardworking Managers will know that they mentor and teach lessons that can be learned on a professional level as well as being able to apply their advice to personal life experiences.

What about unpleasant or lazy Managers?

While it’s not ideal to work for someone abhorrent for a long period of time, every single person we meet has the potential to teach us something valuable (even if it’s about how not to act in a situation!).

Here are some pointers to gain something valuable for working for a horrible Manager:

  1. Working for unethical people can teach us to make ethical choices every day. Just because someone tells you to do something, doesn’t mean you can’t do it in your own way (and feel good about yourself!).
  2. It can be worth it sometimes to persevere through a tough situation to reach an end goals or life objective.
  3. Just because someone is highly qualified doesn’t mean they have any people skills. Emotional intelligence is also an extremely valuable asset for any company.
  4. Working for incompetent Managers can teach your when to practice sensibility, compassion and how certain situations made you feel and how the opposite would have been better.
  5. If anyone’s horrible Managers were not good listeners or couldn’t take a differing opinion to their own, you can learn how to frame an argument or idea so that the opposition thinks it was their notion originally.
  6. You can objectively see that fear clouds judgment and decision making processes first-hand. Usually a rude or incompetent Manager or Colleague isn’t a bad person, they are simply afraid. Usually it’s fear of failure or anything that seems like a threat to their position. When someone is acting autocratic or erratic in their decision-making, they are in fear. So it’s worth considering this is most negative experiences at work and becoming more considerate and soft with them.
  7. Finally, bad leaders can teach you that human relationships are so much more important than business relationships, which typically power-based. In the end, the power of your colleagues as a team are so much stronger than the trivial bureaucratic power of the manager’s authority, so long as your teammates harbour trust for one another.