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What If the Bully Is the Boss?

Studies show that nearly 80% of managers acknowledge that bullying occurs in their organizations. Moreover 71% of bullies are actually in positions of authority. If you have aggressive tendencies, or if you have managers that need some coaching in this area, consider using these strategies:

Be Firm, but Fair

Don’t intimidate or put someone down just to make your point. Take a deep breath and refrain from shouting when you feel your temperature rising. Throwing tantrums will automatically label you as a bully.

Communicate, communicate, communicate!

No matter how busy you are, find some time to sit down and talk with your employees. This will help reduce stress levels and avoid future conflict. If you have a problem with someone, talk to that person directly rather than ranting to someone else; undermining an employee may create a target for others to bully.

Keep the Playing Field Level

Make sure that praise is distributed evenly. To avoid feelings of exclusion, go out of your way to acknowledge someone who hasn’t received as much praise as another. Make sure everyone is invited to company get-togethers.

Don't “Mirror” Negative Behaviors

You don’t have the right to mismanage your employees just because you’ve been poorly managed. Instead, consider how you would like to have been treated, and become the manager you’ve always wanted to have.

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