Nathanael Fast and Serena Chen at UC Berkeley just released a study reported in New Scientist that your bullying boss really is an idiot. (As if we needed proof). As they report, “Power holders feel they need to be superior and competent. When they don’t feel they can show that legitimately, they’ll show it by taking people down a notch or two.” With 54 million Americans experiencing workplace bullying, at least we have actual proof that it’s a problem.
It’s insecurity my friends. Someone who’s secure in their position and competence doesn’t have to resort to pushing people around. Only insecure leaders need to prove their authority by being a jerk. As John Maxwell says, “If you think you’re a leader but no one’s following you, then you’re not a leader, you’re just out for a walk.”
I’m curious. Is your boss a bully? And if so, how do you deal with it?