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5 things to understand about your boss

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the boss name tagIt’s easy to think your boss should be smarter and better at most things than you are, but most bosses are people just like you, writes From Start Up To Grow Up founder Linda Coussement. They act with the best information they have and try to do the right thing.

Here are five things bosses wish people knew about what they do.

1.  Being a manager is different. Managers are supposed to manage. They come at tasks from a different perspective than you do and can’t always make decisions for you.

2.  The boss’s boss is tougher than your boss. Not only does your boss have to manage people, she is dealing with the managers above her as well. You don’t see a lot of the work your boss does in defending and advocating for your department and working to get the resources you need.

3.  Bosses don’t always know what they’re doing, either. Management skills are like any other—people have to learn them. What’s different is that as managers learn, they affect the people they manage as well.

4.  It’s hard to be the bad guy. Bosses are people too, and delivering bad news is hard on them.

5.  It can be lonely being the boss. Managers are often in difficult positions of making decisions about people and their livelihood while also trying to be social and work with others, but they are sometimes required to hold back because of their job.

— Adapted from “5 Things Your Boss Wishes You Knew About Their Job,” Linda Coussement, Brazen Careerist.

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