When the difficult person in your life is your manager, you may feel less empowered in dealing with the situation because this is the person who has a direct impact on your level of job satisfaction.
Know their ‘Style’
Understanding the management style of your difficult manager can have a powerful impact on your ability to deal with their challenging personality.
Let’s look at three of the most common management styles and how you can use them to your advantage.
They are usually directive, prone to micromanage, and strong on compliance. When communicating with these types; get to the point quickly, be direct when engaging, and keep your discussion factual.
These personalities are long-term in thinking and usually engage their employees. When communicating with them; discuss the issue by highlighting the impact on your long-term productivity.
They are participative, team players and prefer collaborative decision-making. Discuss the issue by highlighting the impact on your team participation.
If you have resolved the situation, give yourself credit for getting through difficult circumstances.
These situations consume more energy than you may think, both physically and mentally. Acknowledge that you have done well and find an outlet to decompress and reward yourself.
But what if the situation persists?
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When all else fails
If you are considering raising it with HR, be prepared. Initially, you can raise it informally with HR; anonymously at first, if all you seek is HR’s guidance.
This video will give you 6 awesome tips on what you can do to handle these uncooperative and demanding personalities so you don’t lose your mind (and job) when dealing with your troublesome manager.
… remember, stay curious and keep learning.
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