A bully at the top promotes team work

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Corporate bullying makes your best people disappear. (free public domain: clipart-people.com)

The typical organization is a hierarchy of imbalanced power, which makes it a perfect bully factory. Unless the leaders stop it.

And most sensible leaders do prevent it because they know that corporate bullying makes your best people disappear.

But what if the top gun is the bully?

I once joined a company of really nice people. Except for the guy at the top. Too late I realized that everyone worked so well together because they had a common enemy. Their Great Leader.

This man was rather a short chappie, whereas his executives were less challenged in the height department. So how did he bully bigger bosses? Think Napoleon!

He wasn’t strong physically, but he was strong mentally and emotionally. He understood that emotional and verbal bullying are often more effective.

Yet he did not understand that we lower down saw the hostile work environment as a failure of leadership. His leadership.

Originally published at https://nonsenseatwork.com on June 10, 2020.



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James McIntosh

Born in RSA winelands. Earned 3 degrees drinking red wine. Chased by lioness, ran with elephants, got bored, moved to USA seeking adventure. Ex-CEO now coach.