My Bully looked like his moniker, in that he was a big guy. The Bully, however, doesn’t have to be physically large to be intimidating. I’ve known Bullies who are small in stature yet have a swagger and sneer about them that inspire fear. There are women Bullies as well as men. And the Bully may be a first-time manager or the CEO.
In short, this type comes in all shapes and sizes.
The word bully connotes a number of negative traits, but like all boss archetypes that I’ll discuss, this one is a mixture of positives and negatives. In fact, the positives are often the flip side of the negatives—you don’t get one without the other.
Let’s look at my particular Bully, and then we’ll examine the best ...