British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, is accused of being a bully.
It has been alleged that several members of his staff have called an anti-bullying hotline. These claims where made after the release of a book by Andrew Rawnsley , End of the Party, which describes the prime minister’s volcanic temper and tendency to fly into rages and yell at his staff.
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson jumped to Brown’s defence saying he is not a bully, and is only “impatient” and “demanding” of his staff.
When does a demanding boss become a bully?
Here this blogger argues, ‘There can be little doubt that being Chancellor and Prime Minister are high pressure roles and that any driven believer should be hard on himself and on others where there are failures along the way.”
But Andrew Price argues, “Bullying in the work place is by its very nature the abuse of power by those who have it to weald.”
Janet Street Porter argues that it can be good for a man’s career to be a bully but not a woman’s. She says, “when men become angry at work they will earn a higher salary, get a better job and be more successful than bad-tempered women.”
So when does strong leadership becoming bullying? And can being a bully advance your career?