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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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inertia4 wrote on February 16, 2015, 6:16 PM

BNelson I have worked with some whacked out managers in my life. Yes they were sociopaths. Without a doubt. But I have also seen them fall off their giant egos as well. It was always a good feeling to see them fall. I do not respect anyone who talks down to me or treats me bad. In work or otherwise.

allen0187 wrote on February 16, 2015, 6:42 PM

Managers who are sociopaths seem to be the norm. I've had my share but good thing, I've had really good managers as well who were more like mentors and life coaches rather than mere managers.

BarbRad wrote on February 17, 2015, 1:20 AM

I've been fortunate, but my husband did work for large corporations where politics counted for everything and he wasn't political enough to understand how to survive in that situation. His parents weren't raised here, and his dad had always been the boss in their home country until the Communists took everything away from them. So Hubby wasn't wise to the ways of our culture when he hit the corporate world here.

Tiger_Armando_Jose wrote on February 17, 2015, 12:27 PM

It sure helps, people would be surprised if they found out how many leaders or bosses (in companies or in politics) are in fact sociopaths or psychopaths.

paigea wrote on March 17, 2015, 7:51 PM

I have had unpleasant supervisors and a few really good ones. I wouldn't consider any of them any thing like a sociopath