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Who’s getting bullied … the managers or the employees?

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On eggshellsA manager’s responsibilities frequently include keeping people on track, delivering feedback and doing what he feels is in the best interest of the company.

How a leader goes about performing these tasks differs by individual temperament and style, from calm and supportive to cranky and frank—and everything in between.

Similarly, team members vary in receptiveness. What one worker views as valid criticism, another may interpret as being picked on. Thin-skinned employees can make bosses feel that anything they say can and will be held against them.

So when a manager gets wind that someone views her as a bully, evaluating the charge oftentimes isn’t cut and dry.

Warning signs that you may have ventured into dangerous territory include:

Unacceptable language

Physical threats are an obvious no-no, but watch that you aren’t throwing “mental” punches. Workers are bound to be rattled by a boss who tosses around expletives; calls th...(register to read more)

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