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The Bully Boss

The bully boss leaves many people tired, distressed, and in a quandary. Bully bosses are my least favorite type of person to work with or for. A blustery boss is actually not as effective as the generated noise level would have you think. Ignorant behavior is very expensive to a company, and it is hard to accept that this type of person can be called a leader and often defended, protected, and even promoted.

When bully managers win through intimidation, they get to direct the action as they see it without challenge. This also means the bully boss has to be incredibly smart and prescient because he or she works without consensus or feedback the majority of the time. What do bully managers miss? They miss ideas, loyalty and truth. They quash enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit. Bully bosses cost the company money in misplaced energy, lawsuits, loss of important players, and rampup costs for new employees. Intimidating managers believe they are all-powerful because people quake in their wake. These leaders miss respect and the opportunity for personal and team growth.


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