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Chapter 19. Oppositional Coworkers > Emotional Intelligence Approach to Opposit...

Emotional Intelligence Approach to Oppositional Coworkers

Dealing with Oppositional Superiors

Oppositional traits in superiors are unlikely to come out in full force with subordinates, since subordinates expect superiors to be in charge and to have their way on most issues. Oppositional managers have little need to prove they cannot be dominated by subordinates, since they generally cannot.

Managers with oppositional personality traits, if challenged by subordinates, become indignant. If this happens you need to quickly move into a more deferential posture.


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