Psychology at Work: How to Cope with Bullying Bosses

Almost half of UK employees say their boss bullies them. But why is this happening?

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Last Updated: 18 Oct 2010

It's Anti-Bullying Week, and some enlightening research has just emerged into what’s going on in the mind of bullying bosses. For some time now, it has been clear that when leaders are put under pressure of one form or another, a number of ‘dark side’ characteristics may emerge. These are extreme forms of behaviour – often the flip side of what has made that very person so successful – and will appear to others through actions such as excessive risk taking, perfectionism and manipulation. This latest research adds another dimension to our understanding of the triggers of such extreme behaviours. Psychologists have identified that self-perceived incompetence – and not actual incompetence - can provoke a manager or leader to bully their staff... [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND COMMENT].


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