New research from the Center for Creative Leadership shows that just because you are the boss, doesn’t mean it’s ok to be bossy.
Leaders from a survey panel of 201 leaders from the United States shared their experiences with the word bossy in the workplace and what it’s like to have a bossy coworker. Being bossy was seen as showing a lack of interpersonal leadership skills, including:
- Being directive and controlling
- Ignoring others’ perspectives
- Being rude and pushy
- Focused on power
- Being aggressive
Bossy coworkers were seen as:
- Unlikely to be successful
- At risk for career derailment
Strategies for addressing bossiness in the workplace—both changing your own habits and for dealing with bossy coworkers—are discussed in this paper.