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12 Ways to Rise After Being Thrown Under the Bus

Every leader has a few tread-marks on their back. How deep they go depends on you.

Being thrown under the bus means someone elevated their status and lowered yours in front of others.

12 ways to rise after being thrown under the bus:

  1. Keep delivering great results. Don’t throw yourself under the bus by pulling back.
  2. Prepare for the next time. Examine the patterns of being thrown under the bus. What do you want to do when it happens again? Who do you want to be?
  3. Don’t complain to the boss about others, unless there are ethical issues.
  4. Determine what you want. Clinging to past offenses obscures positive outcomes. Aim for positive outcomes for yourself, others, and your organization.
  5. Maintain civility. Bad behavior from others is no excuse for bad manners from you.
  6. Don’t take it personally. (Well, do your best.) Taking it personally clouds your judgement, deflates your spirit, and may open the door to revenge.
  7. Talk things over with someone outside your organization. The goal is working on yourself, not others.
  8. Reflect. What are you learning about yourself? People who hurt us, help us, when we learn.
  9. Grow. How might this situation make you a stronger leader? Humility and grit are born in adversity.
  10. Stand up for your ideas. Give information without sounding defensive. Let performance speak for itself.
  11. Find ways to highlight your great work. Publicly thank teammates who help move your projects forward, for example.
  12. Proactively build strong relationships. Being thrown under the bus requires an audience. Make sure you have great relationships with the audience.

Being called to live up to expectations isn’t being thrown under the bus.

How might leaders deal with being thrown under the bus?

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