The Making of a Bully

  • Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries


Ted, a senior VP at a large media company, was notorious for constantly interrupting people when they gave presentations and for his habit of publicly intimidating, offending, and humiliating them. His sarcasm was legendary. When someone said something he didn’t like, he wasn’t averse to yelling at them. And he could get enraged by very trivial things. Working for him was like walking on eggshells. His work habits didn’t help. He constantly made seemingly pointless changes to assignments. He also created impossible deadlines – setting people up to fail. Overwork was part of the deal of working for him. Then there were Ted’s emails and tweets, many offensive. Unsurprisingly, his way of running the division had a terrible effect on the morale in the company. Many of the people who worked for Ted complained of stress-related problems. There was a high absenteeism rate and a high turnover.

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  • Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
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  1. 1.INSEADFontainebleauFrance

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