What to Do When Your Boss Is Younger Than You

TIME

At first, when you find out that your new boss is younger than you, it can throw you off of your game a little bit. Initially, it can feel unnatural in a way, like when your younger sibling gets married and has a child before you.

In both situations, you realize that the circumstance has nothing to do with your lack of effort or will to achieve what you want in your work or personal life. It’s just the way things unfold sometimes. And, this may be a blessing in disguise. Here’s how best to deal with the hand you’re dealt from an expert who once navigated this situation successfully and tips gathered from experience by little ol’ moi.

1. Trust that he or she is your boss for a good reason.

So you thought that promotion was yours, and now you’re (understandably) disgruntled by being passed over. Remember, this…

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