talking back to your boss! According to Bill Treasurer, an Atlanta-based management consultant, standing up for yourself is a career-building skill. It's how you get a reputation for being your own person, and can eventually earn you that fancy office with the big windows.
But before you go spouting off, ask yourself this: Is your boss open to being challenged? Some aren't, and standing up to them might put your job in jeopardy. But there are plenty of bosses who value feedback from their employees. To find out if yours is one of them, watch how he interacts with others. If he seems open to suggestions, then don't be afraid to confront him. But there ARE a few guidelines to follow--Here they are, courtesy of Men's Edge magazine.
  • Do it in private. If you challenge your boss in public, he'll have to knock you back into your place to keep his dignity. But if you speak up behind closed doors or on neutral turf   like a restaurant at lunch, he'll be in a much better position to listen to you.
  • Pick your moment. You know your boss. Always make sure he's in a receptive frame of mind before confronting him. And NEVER do it after he's been chewed out by HIS boss.
And one last tip for standing up to your boss: Find some way to praise his ideas. You'll win his attention if you start off by complimenting him. Not only that, it says that you respect him and makes him more hospitable to your opinions. Then segue into what you want your boss to change.
Treasurer says being a doormat is the kiss of death for your career   it shows lack of leadership. True leaders know how to stand up for themselves and how to back up their opinions with facts that persuade others.
Good luck!