How to Deal With a Mean Boss

If you have ever dealt with a mean boss, then you probably know what a pain it can be. The question that you might be asking yourself on a regular basis is how to deal with him and get him to respect everyone else around him. The answer to that always depends on the Boss. But there are some things you can do on your end.

This Post applies to bosses and in some cases investors or Board Members.

Here are some ways of dealing with a mean boss.

Understanding the mean boss

The simple thing to understand is that every negative behavior that a person shows reveals a type of weakness and flaw in that person’s character. There may be tons of reasons why a person has to be as mean as he supposedly is. One reason could be due to the lack of communication skills. Your boss might be a good person, but his lack of communication skills might be what’s doing him harm.

Or it might be due to the lack of awareness on the part of your boss. He might not realize that there is a possible way of communicating with others in a more respectful and good way. What can be done in such a scenario is for your boss to attend a workshop or take personal coaching classes.

What you can do

One thing that you can do on your end to change the situation is to speak up about how his meanness is ruining the opportunity of having a great meeting that involves everyone and actually gets something done. Easier said than done, but if it works, everyone will be thanking you. It also depends on the type of person the boss is.

Another thing you could do is to avoid going to meetings in the first place. While that sounds like impossibility, another thing you can attempt is to simply ignore his behavior and get along with your own work.


Lastly, if all else fails, you should seek a new job. Of course that’s the last resort but if required, you should do it.


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