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Conclusion

Grandiose managers can turn a good job into a nightmare. Even if they are not actively exploiting or devaluing you, their demands for admiration, lack of concern for your well-being, and failure to give you what you need to do your job creates tremendous stress. You are unlikely to enjoy the ride, but you can take steps to make it more tolerable and decrease the chance that you will become a target for their anger. The basic recommendations are to act in an admiring way, give them credit for the good things you do, never challenge them, and try not to take their exaggerated criticism of you personally.

If you can tolerate their arrogance, act in an admiring manner, and avoid criticizing or challenging them, you may become invaluable to them by providing a buffer between them and those who are less tolerant. You will for a while be treated relatively well and have their support. However, good things rarely last forever with narcissistic managers. They do not feel much loyalty and will turn on you no matter how much you have done for them. If you have a period of low productivity, they will turn on you as soon as they find someone who might produce more. If you have done very well, they are likely to turn on you because you threaten to take away from their being in the limelight. Prepare yourself by documenting your work, building a relationship with a mentor who you keep informed about your work, and keeping your eyes open for other positions. If possible, jump ship before they turn on you.


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