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YOU AND YOUR BOSS
Ego-driven bosses or megalomaniacs feel threatened by every achievement of yours. Power ceded to you is seen as power lost. Praise heaped on you is tantamount to your outdoing him. You are actualising his worst fears and obviously he won't take too kindly towards that. Here's a way out:
Clues for Handling Your Boss
  If your boss lacks focus, just concentrate on your own work. Retain your focus.
  His dominating behaviour masks a lack of expertise on his part. So, he's probably trying to cover it up by being pushy, which, in turn, stifles open communication.
 
  At times like these, reduce contact with your boss in not so obvious a manner and concentrate on the job at hand. But minimising interaction does not mean you ignore your boss—that would spell out doom for your career.
 
  In case you don't see eye to eye with him over an issue, keep your cool above all else. Don't take it personally but try strengthening your position with objective research instead. Then use it to influence him.
 

Advantage

  A strange paradox does exist—the harder you work, the better you look in the top management's eyes and the more your boss will feel threatened. So, play to his need for control, but don't cave in completely. Just work on him until he stops regarding you as a threat to his position.
 
 
  You could do this by sending out signals that you're a team player, not an individualist. This will allow your boss to take the lead and have the last word.
 
  Let him share credit for your good work or proactive suggestions. If your vice-president praises you for a project completed, let him know you couldn't have done it without your boss' support and confidence in you. Let your boss feel good about himself and he'll allow you to feel good about yourself.
 
 
  You could argue that your ego will take a bashing in the process. But sharing the credit with your boss is a prudent move—it'll show you're no threat and you've proved your loyalty.
 
  This action will set off a domino effect of greater job security, more interaction and peaceful co-existence.
 

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