1. How and When to Say No to Your BossBut assuming this isn’t a harassment issue, perhaps you need to say no for one of these reasons:
✓ It’s labeled as a “great opportunity,” but seems like a no win situation. ✓ Too many tasks, too many hours – if you don’t get some sanity soon, you’ll walk away. ✓ The issue is politically sensitive. Maybe, for example, your leader’s boss will not be happy with this choice. ✓ Based on your expertise, the proposed plan is the wrong one. Your leader is suggesting something that you consider ineffective, unhelpful, or even unethical. ✓ Your boss wants you to do his/her dirty work and you need to draw the line.These are all real dilemmas. You don’t want to weaken your working relationship or jeopardize your employment and the possibility for advancement. How do you decline a request from your boss both professionally and gracefully?