Type A Boss
“Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the [harsh].” I Peter 2:18
I received a promotion a couple years back and was excited for my new role. There was a meet and greet time with my new boss and teammates. We were all excited to be part of a specialized claims team, the first in the Phoenix office, that was expected to do big things. We were all set to go and training was just a few weeks away.
Training began and it was harder than I had anticipated. We were all struggling in the class, so much so that one person quit the class and went back to their old job. Our new boss was learning as well and she was just as frustrated as we were. They brought someone from the main office to help us train and it only seemed to make things worse. He really didn’t know what he was doing, but he thought that WE all should in the brief week of training we had. He called a meeting to level set, but it turned out to be much more.
He started the meeting describing the lofty expectations he wanted us to have, and then he began to tear into us. He ranted on how we were supposed to be the best adjusters, but it seemed to him we were only average or below. He looked over our numbers and couldn’t believe some of us were even chosen for the role. Things got worse when our new boss joined him to turn on us too. We knew she was struggling as well, so this did not go over well with the team. One brave soul tried to correct her, and seven snakes seemed to come out of her head and shut her down.
It was just the start of our new boss asserting her power, and I learned quite quickly to follow her every letter to the T. It was a rough few months, and there were times of extreme anger towards her, and times when I had to humble myself and get over some things. It was hard to be subject to my boss, although my story pales in comparison to those who were mistreated as slaves in the Bible. It is easy to be subject to a good boss, but not always to one who mistreats you, is unfair, or even tortuous.
My boss eventually was moved on, even though God helped me thrive under her leadership. It was not an easy experience, but God worked in my life through that time. I learned that obeying her was pleasing to Him, and I strived to be a testimony to my boss.
Do you work for a difficult boss? Do you find it hard to be subject to those who have the rule over you? Is God pleased with the way you treat your boss or the things you mutter under your breath? May we remember Colossians 3:23-24 which states, "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the LORD, and not unto men; Knowing that of the LORD ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the LORD Christ." May we honor our God by the way we treat those we are subject to, and may we never lose sight of Who we are truly working for.
Stay in the fight!