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A Psychologist's Thoughts on Clinical Practice, Behavior, and Life

Workplace: The Pathologically Obsessive Boss

Obsessive CEO’s are common since their orderliness and control foster authority and clear decision making. But an excessive need for order can strengthen bureaucratic elements, foster decision-making based on rules rather than staff creativity and autonomy. And while having clear, followed rules can protect against corporate political struggle, it encourages the passive resistance of staff and fosters misuse of resources.
Moreover, unresolved sadistic elements in the obsessive personality may cause the leader to be obstinate and vengeful, battling his “opponents” into submission. This devastates the organization’s functioning and is particularly harmful during periods of rapid industry change.
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