When Your Boss Is Too Nice

Steps to take if your manager’s fear of conflict is hurting your career.by Amy Gallo


Yes, it can be pleasant to work for someone who is kind and thoughtful, but there’s a difference between bosses who are nice to work for and those who avoid conflict at all costs. Managers in the latter category don’t give tough feedback, shy away from going to bat for their teams, and give in too easily to demands. If this sounds like your boss, your career may be at risk.

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