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:
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:
Another personality that may be encountered in the workplace is the manipulator. Manipulators use their behavior to get their way. The first two behavioral types listed below are rather obvious manipulative behaviors, while the following three are more subtle.
Some people are unhappy and seem content to be unhappy. Negative attitudes and behaviors, like all attitudes and behaviors, are a choice. The pessimist:
Drama queens and kings always add excitement to the workplace. The goal of the dramatic person is to get attention or to build up himself or herself. Unfortunately the effects of the drama can be costly.
The hero syndrome is one presentation of the dramatic personality. The behaviors of the hero follow a distinct pattern:
For example, a procrastinator postpones a project or delays the completion of a project until it becomes an emergency, causing worry or stress for others. The procrastinator then does an excellent job of completing the project, often sacrificing his or her own personal need to do so. Unfortunately, this causes other people stress and hardship when working around the procrastination, and may have detrimental effects on other people's work or on quality.
Dramatics may play the victim role. When their own performance results in a consequence that they do not like, their reaction becomes extreme. They use drama to distract the focus away from the initial behavior, thus minimizing the impact of the real problem. They may:
Finally, there is the plain-old lazy person. The lethargic person is often able, but not willing, to put effort toward achieving a goal. A lethargic worker: