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What To Do When Your Boss Isn’t Supportive Of You

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you believe so much in a specific dream, goal, or plan that you’ve set in your mind… only to find that you’re lacking the support you need to succeed? …It can be pretty disheartening, right?

What about when the lack of support that you’re seeking comes from someone in the workplace? Or worse… What happens when you’re not feeling supported by your boss?

While we’re discussing how to get others to buy-in to your big plans over on Episode 108 of the podcast this week, many of you have told me that you often struggle to find confidence that you need to succeed because your boss is not necessarily forthcoming with their support!

So today, I want to touch on a few ways that you can overcome an obstacle like this by discussing what to do when your boss isn’t supportive of you.

Let’s get started!

How to Rise Above When Your Boss Isn’t Supportive of You


Check-In with Yourself—

Whenever you suspect that something is a little off in your career, it’s important that you take the time to check in with yourself before looking to anyone else in the office as the culprit for the stagnation you’re experiencing.

It can be a tough pill to swallow, but it’s an imperative step to take nonetheless!

If your boss isn’t giving you the support you want or helping you to get to the next level in your career, then it could be because you’re not ready yet! It may have nothing to do with your boss consciously overlooking you… and may have everything to do with you.

So, before you determine that your boss is out to inhibit you from moving forward, I want to encourage you to take a look at your work ethic.

Ask yourself… What do I bring to the table? What contributions have I made as a member of my team, of my company? What are the areas that I have been consistently told that I need to improve, and what have I done to make those improvements?

Once you take an honest look at your performance in the workplace and can say without-a-doubt that you’re doing everything you can to meet (and exceed!) expectations, then it’s safe to say that your boss isn’t giving you the support that you need to climb the career ladder and it’s time to take the next steps.


Exude Excellence—

It’s difficult to deny an employee who constantly goes above and beyond and puts in excellent work. So, in order to make yourself stand out among your colleagues, it’s imperative that you make it a point to put your best foot forward and to do good work on a consistent basis.

If you aren’t already, then make it your goal to become known as the person in your office that always gets things done… and who is ready to tackle new challenges.

Be proactive about identifying new methods, opportunities, and processes that could help you do your job better… even if you find yourself stuck with mundane tasks. Ask yourself… How can I make these tasks better? How can I add value to my team, my clients, and even my manager?

The point here is not to go above and beyond just to gain approval from your boss… Rather, it’s about creating a reputation for yourself that speaks for you and your capabilities. When you make it a point to exude excellence in the workplace, you’ll inevitably build a track record that will make others take notice.


Don’t Take Things Personally—

This one can be tough, but it’s important: As unfair or frustrating as it seems when you’re feeling unsupported by your boss… it’s in your best interest to not take it too personally.

There are a number of possible reasons why your boss isn’t being supportive of you… and chances are, they have nothing to do with you on a personal level. It could be that your boss is insecure in their job themselves, or that they lack the resources they need to get you to the next rung on the career ladder.

The possibilities here are endless, but the point is this: It doesn’t do you any scrap of good to dwell on the possible reasons for their lack of support, because you may never know where it comes from!

Rather than dwelling on all of the negativity that often comes from a lack of advocacy on the job, let go of whatever anger or hurt you have developed because of your boss… because keeping yourself in a negative space will only continue to thwart your progress long-term.


Find a New Support System—

Instead of continuing to exert energy trying to please your boss, I want to encourage you to look around your organization for new allies.

Support can come from a variety of people in the workplace, but the most powerful allies that you can have in your corner come from those who have a voice and who hold influence at the company you work for.

If you’re feeling unsupported by your boss, take it upon yourself to build relationships with other executives and senior leaders who might be able to support you and who are willing to bring your name up when it matters most!

And if you’re unsure of where to start here… Try setting up lunch meetings to get to know your colleagues better… and offering your support to other team members as much as possible to tackle problems that you already know that you can solve.

When you’re dealing with a boss who doesn’t support you, remember: It’s not enough to just do good work… You must also make sure that there are others in your corner who can vouch for the good work you do!



How have you dealt with a lack of support in the workplace? Share your experiences in the comments below… And check out Episode 108 of Productivity Paradox this week to learn all about how to make mindful decisions with confidence, and to learn some tried and true methods on getting others to buy in to your big plans!

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Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton