- My boss is more dependent on me.
- I am more dependent on my boss.
About seventy percent of participants in my workshops say, “My boss depends more on me than I do on him (her).” This view, I think, may over state the role of the subordinate in the relationship.
Of course, higher-level managers depend on subordinates to fulfill their responsibilities. And bosses, in some cases, may not even be able to perform their subordinates’ tasks. Still, the boss has a lot of influence—much more than most of us would like to think.
Recall a time when you worked for a bad boss. No doubt, you experienced a lot of frustration. Compare that to an experience with a good boss. Job satisfaction and career success are much more likely when working for good bosses. Face it, you are very dependent upon your boss for a good work life.
Good bosses mentor and help staff members grow. Bad bosses stress and frustrate all. When considering a position, be sure to evaluate the boss carefully. If you are frustrated at work, the boss still gets a pay check; you may get an ulcer.