Wednesday, June 10, 2009

How to Deal with a "Power Trip" Person

How to Deal with a "Power Trip" Person

Sometimes, when people are given a certain position in the workplace or a team, they feel like they are given supernatural abilities and powers that enable them to be bossy and have what is called a "Power Trip". It's another way of saying that they are using their higher ranked position to control and degrade others who are in a lower position. Here's what you can do to deal with those types of (annoying) people.

  1. Step 1

    The most important thing you have to realize is that even though they may or may not have earned their position that is higher than yours, the fact of the matter is that they're there, so we must learn how to deal with their actions and personality, instead of worrying about why they are there in the first place.

  2. Step 2

    People with "Power Trips" can often be rude, obnoxious and just downright insane. Understand that these people are using their powers to degrade others and make themselves look better. You should never take anything he or she says personally, and always know that you are a better person, no matter what position or rank you may be.

  3. Step 3

    It's stupid office politics, but your number one goal in trying to reduce that person's affect on your life is to be on their good side. You should never directly show any form of negativity or start any type argument against them. Try to avoid confrontation with this person as much as possible.

  4. Step 4

    If he or she actually asks you nicely to do something - you should do it. By making sure you do the requested task correctly and efficiently, you're encouraging his or her good behavior. Then, if they rudely demand something, you have the right to say that it was because of their rudeness that you were unable or unwilling to perform. This further encourages his or her good behavior and exemplifies the effect a negative attitude can have on the team.

  5. Step 5

    If you do good work for the "Power Trip" person, be careful. You can easily be taken advantage of because he or she knows you'll do whatever they ask, and you may not even know you're doing it. Although you should always do good work, you should never handle more work than you can handle. If this is the case, you can simply request to have additional help or a lighter workload, because you are worried about the QUALITY of the work (not your workload).

  6. Step 6

    If you see them being bossy to one of your associates or teammates, don't step in unless someone is being threatened or hurt. You don't want to fuel the fire that may have already been started, and have the focus turn onto you. When you have time, you can speak to your friend and console them by reassuring them that they should not take it personally.

  7. Step 7

    Lastly, if you even have a chance to speak about this person, in the form of a survey, company-wide employee review, or a meeting with an office manager/coach type person, please take the opportunity to tell the truth about how you feel about the person with the "Power Trip". Chances are that others will feel the same way, and if this is pointed out here, action could be taken to alleviate the situation.


Tess Downey, Kokopelli Kennels, Baltimore, Ontario said...

Training your "power tripping" boss in line is much like training dogs!! Positive reenforcement and never accept negative actions. If you take it personally, you're the loser.


-Zosimee♥ said...

Hi Tess,

Thank you for your comment...I totally agree! Have a great day!

Zos :)