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How to handle an intimidating boss

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He might be able to fire one of you, but he will look like an idiot (and probably get fired himself) if he tries to fire all of you.

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These are powerful motivating factors that allow a difficult supervisor to control people out of fear of losing these basic needs.This will always get you into more trouble than you started with because it will become a war between egos and chances are good that your boss has a bigger ego than you have—hence why he is difficult in the first place.When a personal attack is made on you, they are trying to bait you into reacting emotionally because once you react, you become an easy target for additional attacks.Before you deal with any type of conflict, you always need to have a plan B in case things don’t work out.A plan B is the best alternative that you can come up without having to negotiate anything with your boss.Having a plan B, however, empowers you with the ability to walk-away at any time should the negotiation not go right.

Increase your power and have a plan B before you deal with the conflict. Never react to verbal abuse or harsh criticism with emotion.

Most people at some point in their lives have to deal with a difficult boss.

Difficult supervisors vary in personality from being a little pushy or rude, all the way to being downright abusive.

Summary: Bosses and supervisors aren't from another planet, but sometimes they seem to be. Conflict between a difficult boss and an employee can be daunting and intimidating.

Here are some tips to help you deal with difficult bosses and supervisors.

Instead of waiting for their criticism, take a proactive approach and be absolutely clear from the very beginning on how your boss wants things to be done so that there is no miscommunication later on.