If you have a Bully Boss, I really feel for you. Sadly, too many of us have had to deal with a bully boss at some point in our careers. Bullying is frequently the last resort of limited thinkers and cowards. Unfortunately, for some bully bosses it’s actually their first resort.
Bullying often comes from a feeling of insecurity and a sense that things are out of control. Or the simple neurotic need to be in absolute control — at all times. If you truly feel secure in yourself, you don’t need to belittle or terrorize others. And you don’t need constant reinforcement of your power.
The realities of bullying in the workplace
No question bullying is cruel and abusive behavior. And an employee should not have to tolerate this behavior from anyone, especially their boss. But this behavior does exist now, existed in the past, and will continue to exist as long as there are relationships of varying degrees of power.
And here’s the worst part. Most people can’t just get up and quit their jobs because they disagree with a boss’ management style. And so you’re stuck. And, depending on the degree and ferocity of the bullying, it can make your job profoundly unbearable.