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There are certain sights in life that you never forget once you see them — Grand Canyon, Fenway Park, Eiffel Tower, to name a few. Here’s another one: bad leadership. Nothing stains a work experience like having an incompetent or untrustworthy boss. Even now, you can probably conjure an image of the leader you were under or you hired that exhibits those negative characteristics of poor leadership - failure to accept accountability, unable to take feedback or recognizing strengths in others, etc. Regardless of your situation, the question remains: What do you do with a bad leader?
In high school, I worked at the athletic store at the local mall. Among the various merchandise carried - apparel, accessories, fan gear - the bulk of our selection was undoubtedly athletic footwear. I’ll never forget the time we were redesigning the store layout on an off day and my manager asked for me to grab the pair of “special” Reeboks from the back for the front display. Short on details, I thought to ask for further instructions but wanted to show that I didn’t need to be micromanaged. Furthermore, it had been a long work day already so I got the sense that everyone on the team was looking forward to finishing. So I headed back to the stockroom in search of the requested shoes. But on my way, I kept thinking, How am i supposed to know which Reeboks he means? What makes these shoes special? What if I grab the wrong pair and he fires me on the spot for incompetence!? These were all very legitimate questions in my adolescent brain being that I had the extensive work history up to the point of 2 whole weeks.