Grow Your Spine & Manage Abrasive Leadership Behavior

As an HR professional, manager, or executive leader, you’ve probably googled something to the effect of “How to address bosses who bully”.

And then you quickly realized, that most strategies follow a similar format: Set clear expectations, follow through with accountability, avoid he said/she said power struggles, etc…

These are all good things to do. 

The problem is, these kind of strategies are easier said than done.  

They don’t tell you what you need to do to stay calm and not react to the defensiveness of abrasive leaders who have blindspots to the negative impact of their words and actions. 

That’s why I’m so excited to share with you the book Grow Your Spine & Manage Abrasive Leadership Behavior: A Guide for Those Who Manage Bosses Who Bully by Laura Crawshaw, PH.D.

Laura specializes in researching and coaching abrasive leaders. In 2009 she founded The Boss Whispering Institute®, whose mission is to relieve the suffering in the workplace caused by abrasive leaders through research and training. 

As an Accredited Boss Whisperer®, I have personally been mentored by Laura to provide coaching for abrasive leaders and intervention consultation for those who manage them. She is the real deal and her book is a must-read to develop your leadership backbone to handle abrasive leaders constructively and fearlessly.  

Too often, HR professionals, managers, or executive leaders make these mistakes:

1) They avoid intervening early when they receive employee complaints about a leader’s abrasive behavior chalking it up to “They’re under a lot of stress and things will improve once a difficult project is over.”

2) They think they have to have tangible evidence of what the leader said or did before they intervene. 

3) They’re afraid if they intervene, the leader (who is a high revenue generator for the company and has expertise about your industry) will leave.

By the time you’re done reading Laura’s book (it’s a quick read), you’re going to have clarity on what needs to happen to strengthen your backbone and the framework that will help you intervene sooner vs. later to stop employee suffering from leaders who are abrasive..

How strong is your “backbone?” 

If you want to strengthen your backbone to address abrasive behavior, this book is for you.

About the author 

Bonnie Artman Fox, MS, LMFT works with executive leaders who want to gain self-awareness about the impact of their words and actions and up-level their interpersonal skills. 

Drawing from decades as a psychiatric nurse and licensed family therapist, Bonnie brings a unique perspective to equip executive leaders with the roadmap to emotional intelligence that brings teams together. 

Bonnie’s leadership Turnaround coaching program has an 82% success rate in guiding leaders to replace abrasive behavior with tact, empathy, and consideration of others. The end result is a happy, healthy, and profitable workplace…sooner vs. later.

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