How to Recognize an Authoritarian Personality
To be able to address problems with people most effectively, it helps to understand them. The following list of behaviors will help you recognize authoritarian personalities in the workplace.
Authoritarian personalities are seen in people who consider themselves right in nearly all circumstances. They place "being right" at a higher priority than getting along with other people, and certainly higher than compromise and collaboration.
The authoritarian personality may be seen in any level of the business. We may encounter:
- Ruling peers.
- Micromanaging bosses.
- Subordinate staff.
These people are typically controllers who want everything their own way. For example, we may see a manager delegate a job and then proceed to dictate how that job needs to be done without regard to the personality or needs of the individual assigned with the task.
Often authoritarian people will:
- Try to control WHAT gets done.
- Try to control HOW things get done.
- Ignore company or departmental procedures.
- Use given authority or use manipulation to make certain the work is done his or her way.
- Attempt to dictate expectations to their own manager.
- Take on an undelegated supervisory role with coworkers.