|Whether you have a difficult boss or not, you can make sure the relationship is productive for your career.|
Williams says most bosses aren't "psychopaths" (although she notes a study that says one in 25 managers could be, so let's hope you don't win that lottery). Consequently, the odds are that you work for someone who is clearly stressed out, not the second coming of the Marquis de Sade. "If your boss is under enormous stress, they may make decisions due to the circumstances. That doesn't mean they have a personality disorder," Williams noted in a statement. "But they might be making decisions without considering the full impact on employees." 2. You need each other, so act like it.
Even though your boss may sign your paycheck, your work helps him or her advance. And that needs to be recognized. "It behooves you to figure out how to make your relationship work," Williams says. "If you give it your best effort to turn your boss into your ally, you will enjoy your relationship more."