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Conclusion

While narcissistic and compulsive managers want things to be done their way, and authoritarian and dictatorial managers believe the hierarchy should be followed, oppositional individuals are primarily interested in not doing it your way. Close relatives of those who are passive-aggressive, oppositional people are able to speak up and push for an option. Nevertheless, they are preoccupied by the need to prove that they cannot be pushed around, and therefore, gratuitously object to what others want.

Table 19-1. Overview of Oppositional Coworkers
SymptomsUnderlying FactorsImpactWays for Subordinates to CopeWays for Senior Management to Cope
Opposes whatever others want

Contentious, argumentative

Denies blame, blames others

May be angry, touchy, spiteful
Desperately defending their autonomy Feels pushed aroundSlows decision making Drains others’ energyAvoid arguingPsychiatric assessment to see if depression is driving or intensifying the oppositional behavior Send for executive coaching or therapy



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