Learning how to deal or manage your boss is a significant and transferable skill, and will indefinitely decide how far you progress.
While I wouldn’t go so far as to say that all bosses in the world fall only into these 5 categories, but if yours does, I have suggestions on how you can stay in the organization.
There are numerous psychological tricks for dealing with intimidating people and I’m going to outline the most important ones below.
Some people tend to have natural abilities when it comes to dealing with others, they tend to be able to read other people quite well and can read between the lines.
That doesn’t mean that the sales department had it all hunky-dory; it’s also the sales team members who had to bear the brunt of a boss’s wrath.
When things don’t go their way, that’s where you come across the real side of the boss.
As a general rule, I have often found that the people I encounter who are aggressive, judgemental, miserable, rude or just plain horrid usually have a reason for being the way they are.
As a Psychologist, I find it easy to look beyond the behaviour to the underlying reasons. Having said that, understanding the reasons doesn’t automatically make me like someone! When we come across an angry and unhappy person, many of us take this behaviour personally. I remember when I worked at Broadmoor Hospital, we would have supervision to help us cope with the various personalities we had to deal with.
The person who had come to talk to us explained that the aggressive and intimidating behaviour that we received most days from those held in Broadmoor was more about them than it was about us.
The stress your boss causes is bad for your health.
Multiple studies have found that working for a bad boss increases your chance of having a heart attack by as much as 50%.