If you’ve ever worked anywhere, for any amount of time you’ve had a bad boss. If I’m guessing right, that boss treated you unfairly, asked you to do things that you didn’t agree with, took credit for your work, and stifled your creativity. The bottom line is, your boss didn’t have good leadership skills. You were actually a better leader, but the Law of the Lid (see the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership) wouldn’t allow the organization to go to a higher level than the boss.
As a leader you may have tried to take over the leadership role to take the team to the next level, only to find yourself butting heads with your boss. So what do you when you find yourself working for a bad boss?
The first thing you need to do is stop thinking you work for a bad boss. Like with anyone you work with, if you treat them as they currently are, the person gets worse. Treat them as they could be and they become better. All people have potential to be great and part of your job as their employee is to help them reach that potential.
The next thing you must do, stop fighting them on everything and submit to them. Paul in the book of Romans speaks on this.
“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you.”
The thing I try to remember is this; I work for God and he told me to obey the authority that He put in place. My job is to make my boss look good and to make his job easier.