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Mastering Management Styles: Expert Guidance for Managers by Harris Silverman

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Your personal issues

Sometimes power goes to people's heads, even the little scrap of power involved in being a manager. Too often, managers, especially new managers, see being a manager as a license to give free rein to behavioral urges that were hitherto kept in check. This often boils down to using their employees as props to work out their own psychological issues, and this can take many forms:

  • They treat employees as a captive audience when they're in the mood to drone on about what they did on the weekend or other aspects of their personal lives, and spend time during meetings and in other contexts indulging themselves in this way, without ever listening to what other people may have to say.
  • They unconsciously model themselves on their parents ...

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