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Chapter 13. Assertiveness > Dealing with the Impossible Boss

Dealing with the Impossible Boss

It is important to note that before asserting yourself in the workplace with your boss, you need to make a rational assessment of any risks involved. If possible, get feedback from colleagues (particularly those who have known your boss for a long time) about whether asserting yourself is too risky. There are those occasional bosses who will not tolerate any attempt at assertiveness from employees, and who misinterpret even diplomatic feedback or requests as insubordination. If you are unlucky enough to work for a boss like this, then the risks of assertion (losing your job or being demoted) may outweigh the potential gains. If the risk is too great and the issue too important to ignore, looking for a new job may be your best alternative. That too represents an assertive way of handling a situation that you realistically have no power to change.


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