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Emotional Intelligence Approach to Passive-Aggressive Managers

Dealing with Passive-Aggressive Superiors

Passive-aggressive superiors can sit on your raise or rush you to hand in a report and then sit on it until it is overdue, making you look bad. Pressuring them or telling them you are upset will only annoy them and lead to increased foot-dragging. Failing to remind them, however, will also not work. You need to muster every bit of tact you have when you talk with a passive-aggressive superior. As tempting as it is to call them on their inappropriate behavior, doing so will only backfire. Instead, it may help to casually toss out a statement explaining why it is so important to you that something is taken care of. Noting that you appreciate how they are overloaded with work and offering to help them either with this or another task to lighten their burden often helps.

If you are seeking to advance your career, a passive-aggressive manager is not the person to work for. He is unlikely to do much to help you. Moreover, he is unlikely to go far himself and be able to take you along.


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