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Chapter 17. Authoritarian Managers > Emotional Intelligence Approach to Authori...

Emotional Intelligence Approach to Authoritarian Managers

Dealing with Authoritarian Superiors

Rigid, authoritarian bosses are common. If you have not yet had one, you will. You will also face far worse. Authoritarian managers submit to their superiors and expect you to submit to them. It is generally best to play the game. Show them some deference and do your job competently, and they are likely to treat you well. Above all, do not go around them or over their heads. They value hierarchy above all else and will be furious if you circumvent it.

Do your best to roll with the punches. They probably do not mean as much by their criticism as you take it to mean. They do it to everyone. It is their way of saying hello. Remember what is important to them: convention. Follow convention and the rules. Beyond that, you can be creative.


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