Not so many years ago, it was a safe bet that if you showed up, worked hard, and were willing to learn, you could expect a long and fruitful career. All bets are off now. Going to work, keeping your head down, and “just doing your job" guarantees that you're backing yourself into a professional corner.
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Most of us languish in our career situations not because of external forces holding us back, but our own internal narratives, beliefs, and attitudes. It's challenging to change them, but it can be done. Related: 8 Mistakes You're Making At Work That Will Hurt Your Career It's time to change those bad attitudes you have about work. Following are some of the most common self-defeating attitudes I see in my practice, and what you can do if you see yourself in any of them.

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Think about the worst boss you ever had. Remember what it felt like to go to work every day, knowing you had to report to someone who didn't value your contributions and didn't respect you as a person. Related: #1 Key To Becoming An Effective Leader Now, think about the best boss you ever had. The person who was tough but fair, and who made you feel like your work mattered. Reflect back on your performance under both of those people. Where did you shine and where did you struggle? Chances are astronomically high that you did a better job under the supervision of the person who believed in you, encouraged you, and managed to your strengths. Most of us falter and underperform when we're constantly being scrutinized by pushy people – be they micro-managers, passive aggressive malcontents, or flat-out bullies. It's something we understand intuitively: effective managers bring out the best in us. They understand that we have great work ethic, and that, if we're in the right job, with the right resources, we will accomplish great things. They support us, challenge us, and help us get back on track when we fail. If you're new to your management role and haven't quite gotten the swing of it yet, you're in luck! The world of work has never been more focused on leadership development, and paradigms are shifting. The best part is, there isn't one right way to do it. You get to define the leadership style that works best for you.

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