You Do Not Have to Be a Sociopath to Climb the Corporate Ladder, But it Helps
Getting ahead in life is a matter of politics. Who you kiss up to, what you stand up for, and where you bite your tongue.
Some people have a lot of personal ethics, while others easily sway with the tide.
I read a post recently by a woman who worked under a manager for 19 years. All the co-workers were aware that the manager was a sociopath however those above her adored her and were baffled at the lower level employees complaints. Apparently it took them 19 years to see who she really was. She knew whose butt to kiss but was a monster to the other employees at any chance she had. She could turn on the charm when needed and could turn it off too.
Sadly in many big businesses this does seem to be the way (those who have climbed the ladder being those who have known who to charm and who to step on), which makes it very hard for lower level employes to be heard. Apparently some Walmart employees recently said it is not the low wages or poor working conditions that they hated most, it was the way managers treated them.
Have you encountered managers who have sociopathic ways?
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