How to Be the Boss without Being the B-word (Bossy)
February 5, 2015 | Cathleen Clerkin, Christine A. Crumbacher, Julia Fernando, and William A. (Bill) Gentry | Center for Creative Leadership
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
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.