Ever feel like this at work?
The knives are flying and you're the target--where's the next one going, the heart of head?
Harvard Business Review has a telling blog about bosses at work that are borderline psychopaths.
Hard to spot because of their "chameleon-like qualities," they are:
- "Self-serving"--basically they have what I call the selfish disorder, they want power, money, and status but don't really care about the organization, mission or people, just themselves!
- "Manipulative personalities"--they hide their agendas, but work over others with charm, favors, even pretend friendship to get what they want.
- Domineering--corporate psychopaths are bullies, who assert themselves over others; they are insecure and endlessly competitive and abuse the people that work for them rather than recognize and reward them.
- Win-lose---they play corporate gamesmanship, appearing collegial enough, but really are always trying to get one up on their colleagues, staff, and even their bosses.
-"Unburdened by the pangs of conscience"--they don't care what it takes to get what they want for themselves: they will lie, cheat, steal, and try to get rid of the competition (even if that is everyone that works for them or around them).
Estimates are that "perhaps 3.9% of corporate professionals" have these psychopathic tendencies--With all the crazies out there, that seems on the low side. What do you think?
Thank G-d, however, that there are some good bosses out there--seek those people out who act like mensches, who elevate others and do not treat them like the enemy within--those people are true gems. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)