Fortune's Stanley Bing shares his take on the five types of crazy bosses, and some strategies for dealing with one, from "Crazy Bosses" (Harper Collins).
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Joseph Stalin, Russian dictator. Sent people to gulag, killed millions
- Default emotion: rage.
- Extremely inconsistent, vast emotional swings depending on mood, often seemingly unrelated to external circumstances.
- Capable of great affection and loyalty, which may be withdrawn at any time.
- Manipulative and self- pitying, highly aggressive personality that has no problem asserting its priorities over those of others.
- Extremely insensitive about feelings of others while at the same time extremely solicitous of his or her own.
- Requires enemies in order to function properly; if none are handy is not averse to creating them.
- Contagion factor: 96.
- Level of difficulty: 100. Bully management is perhaps the most difficult of all tasks for those who wish to survive in a world filled with the impressive variety
of sick senior officers.
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