Perhaps the biggest benefit a bad boss can have is challenging you to be more creative and a better communicator.
"One antidote is for you to intentionally adopt contrary behavior," says Miller. "When the boss presents you with a challenge, respond with an assertive positive response, 'Oh, that's a fantastic opportunity to find a creative solution to that problem. I would love to work on that!'"
These sorts of responses "are contagious," he says. And, as a result, the manager "might not be immune from catching the positive contagion."
Of course, if your boss is truly toxic — prone to verbal abuse or fits of rage, for instance — you may want to consider speaking with HR or hightailing it out of there.