I have heard people say: you don’t quit the job you quit the boss. Until recently I never really gave it much thought. I have a dysfunctional relationship with a co-worker, which made me pause and consider what if this person was my boss. Would I quit my job or would I figure out a way to make things work?
I took time for deeper reflection, wondering how many times I have been a bad boss. I had to wonder how many times people quit because of me. Unfortunately, I recognize in the past I may not have wanted to work for me.
People generally don’t come to work trying to be a dirt bag. Most people want to do well; they want to do the right thing.
Leaders need to stop and consider this. They need to remember they play a part in the relationship. While it is easy to label someone a dirt bag, it is just as easy for workers to label a boss.
Now I strive to be the boss you don’t quit. As with so many things in life, it’s still a work in progress.