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DissidentRage wrote

Even the boss acting as a buffer to their own superiors for your work is still under less stress. If your actions make the boss look bad, or if the division you're in is deemed as needing a change in direction, odds are it's not your boss' ass that will be on the line, it will be yours. A buffer boss may seem to make things easier for you, but they still wield more power over your circumstances than you do.