Fresh Look – Your job satisfaction and your boss

As I think about my own career, it is clear that my work satisfaction hinged on my boss. In particular, the more competent my boss the more satisfied I was with my job. Apparently, this was common, for a recent…

Fresh Look – How do Narcissistic Bosses Get Away with it?

Surprise – it’s politics. Narcissistic people demonstrate dominance, self-confidence, a sense of entitlement, grandiosity, and interpersonal indifference. When they become leaders they generally behave ineffectively and unethically.[1] In a recent study, they showed a proclivity for one-way communication, over-control, social…

Fresh Look – leaders who need to be loved (continued)

Causes What causes leaders to need to be loved? First, it may be due to early childhood rejection experiences by parents or other care givers.[1] This may leave adults leaders insecure in their work relationships. Such “anxious-resistant” individuals worry that…

Fresh Look – Leaders who need to be loved

Everyone knows that effective leadership can’t be a popularity contest, but some leaders lead with an inordinate concern that their followers like, admire, and respect them. Instead of attending to the work and focusing on results, their concern is with…

Fresh look – micro managers

When I taught graduate courses in office politics, I would often hear complaints from my students that their bosses were micro-managing control freaks who never delegated. I approached this issue with an insight based on the work of Rosabeth Moss…

The last word on dealing with a bad boss

As I approach my 1,000th post, I think it’s time to summarize and conclude certain categories on the right. Over the years, I have dealt with the question of bad bosses over and over again. Often, I have done so…

Donald Trump is typical

…of all narcissists. When he is attacked, he attacks back aggressively. A new study shows that this is just something that narcissists do.[1] So, if you work with a narcissist, remember the 2016 presidential candidate and don’t confront them directly…

If you are a top performer, don’t threaten your supervisor!

Abusive supervisors typically victimize low performers, but there are situations in which they go after their top performers. If such supervisors agree with the following three statements, they are like to abuse the subordinate in question, even if s/he is…

The politics of passing the buck

When faced with a decision that is likely to turn out poorly, some managers delegate the decision to someone else believing that they can escape responsibility and blame.[1] Under what circumstances does this work out for the buck passer? One…

Getting even with an abusive boss

By one estimate, ninety percent of employees report that they have been abused by a boss at some point in their working life.[1] If this seems high to you, consider the rather inclusive categories of abuse that this estimate was…