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Conclusion

Control freaks turn work into a nightmare. While grandiose managers seek your admiration and paranoid managers want you to give them enough information so that they can reassure themselves that you do not intend to hurt them, control freaks want to invasively micromanage all that you do. They combine the most difficult traits of compulsive managers with narcissistic ones. While most rigid managers want important things done their way and compulsive managers want most things done their way, control freaks want to prevent you from having any autonomy of action. They attempt to reinforce their self-esteem by devaluing people and by taking charge of everything.

Like all narcissistic individuals, control freaks are unlikely to undergo a major transformation in the way they interact with others. Unless you are unusually thick-skinned or have your own way of dealing with the pain of working for someone who is constantly infantilizing you and ignoring your desires, it is best to get away from these managers. Meanwhile, HR and senior management should be alert to the presence of such managers and make it clear that the company does not tolerate such behavior.


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