Sometimes – and especially if you’re really looking to make it in your field – you’ll find yourself willing to do things for a bad boss. Doesn’t matter how messed up or wrong you think your boss is. Subconsciously, you might be inclined to do whatever it takes to make it to the top. According to a recent survey, 9% of people have felt they changed up their ethics because of the organization they worked for.
Are we doomed to be just as bad as the bad bosses we choose to work for?Not always.In a lot of cases, rudeness can be contagious. If you’re in a find mood but you’re constantly around people who are in a bad mood, it’s totally possible that they can drag you down with them. But when it comes to our morality, that stuff sticks a little harder.
If you’re not a thief, cheater, or liar, it should be hard for your bad boss to convince you to be any of those things. Bad bosses might shape the office culture you work in every day, but it doesn’t mean you’re destined to become just as bad as your boss. In fact, it could have the opposite effect. You could go through your career with a goal of being better than that terrible boss you had.
The secret is to recognize the crap you don’t like and keep yourself in check every day. Kill ‘em with kindness. Be the only good mood in a gray office. You’ll be better for it (and probably more successful)!