Seven Characteristics of a Dysfunctional Boss

In here "dysfunctional” should not be understood as "abnormal", because the vast majority of senior corporate executives have these features ...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Being dysfunctional is a prerequisite for corporate executives, dares to state Steve Tobak, a business consultant at Invisor Consulting.

Tobak lists seven symptoms of dysfunction in the executive:

1. The game has rules, but the rules keep changing. If you sense you are becoming disloyal, too comfortable, or too powerful, they'll want to knock you off the pedestal they've put you on. By bringing you down, it boosts their position relative to yours.

2. Major focus on minutiae. One Fortune 500 CEO was obsessed with my clothes and appearance. He wasn't alone in that peculiarity; it's a sign of a controlling person. And whatever details get their maniacal attention, whatever the object of their obsessive compulsion, it's really just a way to distract their brains from facing their own sadness, fear or depression.

3. A "man of the people." A common mantra among dysfunctional leaders. In reality, they thrive on attention and adoration from the masses to feed their deep-seated insecurity but are rarely capable of any true emotional connection with others.

4. Hypersensitive and vindictive when rejected. Anything you do that they perceive as rejection, even if you're just not letting them be the center of attention, is a personal affront.

5. Failure is not an option. They're always pointing fingers, making excuses, and blaming others because they can never really be wrong in their own eyes.

6. Loves distraction, hates surprises. They revel in the tiniest distraction But surprise them with serious news, especially bad news in front of others, and you're in big, big trouble.

7. Sees conspiracy everywhere. Since the world revolves around them, they see conspiracy in coincidence and deep meaning in incidental remarks.

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