Life Lessons I Learned From My 3 Bosses

A good boss teaches you something, but a bad boss teaches a great deal!

Yean Foong (M.Ed.)

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I have had three bosses before I quit and started my own company. These three bosses taught me some life lessons.

Boss #1: Discipline, Discipline, Discipline!

My first boss is a Taiwanese. Not only does he has a military background, but he was also a military instructor that has trained thousands of soldiers over a decade in the military.

For him, discipline is everything. The most essential quality of an employee is absolute obedience. Although I do not appreciate how harsh he could be, I admit I have learned to impose self-discipline.

Wait, he had more. He likes to humiliate employees in public, and (yes, more to come), he wants to do it with a video recording so he can distribute the VCD to all branches worldwide. I was in one of the collections. He called me “moron” and “pig”, even humiliated my family for raising me.

Thanks to the unique “training”, I learned to protect myself from others harsh comments and stay up with my own values.

Boss #2: Leadership Is Not In A Title

My second boss is a female CEO. When I started to work at her company, I didn’t get to see her often, but every time I met her, I couldn’t help asking myself, “how could she be so successful?” and “how can I be successful like she did?”

I only have about one year of employment under this amazing lady, but she taught me a lesson that affected me even after leaving her team. I learned to decide my value by myself. My values are no longer bound by the number of sales or how many cold calls I made but by how much effort I put into bringing the team one step closer to the goal.

Boss #3: How To Be A Good Boss

My third boss taught me how to be a good boss. He was not a good boss. In fact, he was the worst one. He showed me what the worst a person could do, so I reminded myself not to do anything he did.

Unlike my first boss, who humiliated employees in public, this boss never ever looked at you at all. His narcissistic…

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Yean Foong (M.Ed.)

Top Writer in Reading | Writer/trainer/teacher | I write about teaching and learning, habits, and mindset.