Thursday, February 28, 2019

When the Bully is the Boss


"When the Bully is the Boss" by Benedict Carey is an interesting article, assessing workplace bullying from academicians' perspectives.

From my practitioner, researcher, and survivor perspective, healthy yet tough bosses create thriving organizations where everyone feels safe with trust.

Bullies exploit and hurt the vulnerable with attacks, by throwing them under the bus, or by hanging them out to dry. This is all done because the bully fears his or her incompetence is threatened, or will be exposed, by an unassuming, yet talented target.

Thus, the most talented and gifted employees, instead of being celebrated and modeled, are targeted and attacked by bullies and often leave. All this useless pain and suffering exists solely to satisfy a bully's distorted and disturbed needs to control a threat to his or her incompetence.

Bullies are in for it for themselves.

Healthy leaders uplift thoughts and conduct with transparency, self inspection, and selflessness.

"Bullying bosses undermine their own teams. Morale and company loyalty plunge, tardiness increases and sick days are more frequent." In one of my book's,
case studies, one bully's behaviors cost a plant over $500,000 a month.

It's time to demand good leaders.

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