Insider Quote: Support Your Boss … “But my boss is a jerk!” Listen, Dammit!

Via State Magazine April 2012, from What Does it Take to Get Promoted Around Here (pdf)?

“Support your boss. “But my boss is a jerk!” That may be true, but this is about you getting promoted and the “jerk” is still the boss. If your boss lacks charisma, humility, a sense of humor and table manners, that is not so good. Being a jerk, however, is not a federal offense. You do not have to feign affection for your boss, but you do have to support the mission with vigor, which not incidentally makes the boss look good—perhaps in spite of him or herself.”

— Advice from the State Department Office of Civil Rights

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