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The manager “wanted something done his way and would not listen to other perspectives.” My co-worker “did not listen to reason, logic or data.” “This person was more interested in hearing [his or her] own voice than the outcomes.” Most people have felt the frustration of coming into contact with “bossy” people; have you ever wondered if they’ll get what’s coming to them? If so, you may find these research results particularly gratifying. getAbstract recommends this white paper from the Center for Creative Leadership to anyone who need tips on how to deal with a workplace bully – even if that bully turns out to be you.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How being “bossy” can harm your career,
  • How to know if others perceive you as bossy and
  • What steps you can take to eradicate “bossiness” in your workplace.

About the Authors

Cathleen Clerkin, PhD, Christine A. Crumbacher, PhD, Julia Fernando, BSc, and William A. Gentry, PhD, are researchers at the Center for Creative Leadership, which provides leadership development solutions around the globe.



When 201 American business leaders responded to a survey about “bossiness” in the workplace, they revealed that “bossy” people were less popular with superiors, less likely to receive promotions and overall less successful in their careers.

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