How to Deal with Arrogant Boss

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How to Deal with Arrogant Boss
These days you can hardly find someone satisfied with his boss. Whenever you ask someone about the reasons he doesn’t like his job he will tell you that he has a difficult boss.

We agree that some bosses are really difficult but the question you should ask yourself is, “what do I mean by difficult boss?”

People usually label someone with the term “difficult” when they fail to understand the inner works of that person.

People appear to be difficult as long as we don’t understand their real intentions, however as soon as we see things from their perspectives we can understand their actions and even end up accepting them.

We're not saying that you don't have a difficult boss or that you are imagining things but what we're trying to say is that this difficult boss can be seen in a different light.

Understand Your Role

Having a clear understanding of your role -- in writing -- is one of the first steps you can take to manage an arrogant boss.It's crucial that you know what's expected of you and what your specific duties are so you can draw on this information if you need to protect yourself. If your boss tries to criticize your work or put down your performance, you'll have documentation to support your role and contributions to the organization.

Don't Immediately React

Arrogant people often act the way they do because it gives them a sense of control and power. The wrong reaction can play a big part in reinforcing your boss's power trip, especially if you give him what he's after. An arrogant boss usually wish you to feel intimidated or for you to slip up and make a mistake. Even something like rolling your eyes when he speaks is enough to add fuel to his fire, and if you are thinking about criticizing his behavior, you might want to think again. Criticism is one of the biggest mistakes an employee can make when dealing with an arrogant boss. Try to stay calm and professional and avoid shooting from the hip, no matter how tempting. Keep a written record of your boss's attacks and criticisms for future reference.

Stay professional

You aren't going to get along with everybody all of the time, and you aren't required to be friends with your boss. You don't have to like your boss, but you should perform your job duties in a professional manner while you are at work.


Many conflicts are often resolved when people simply talk to one another and discuss the problems they are having in a mature manner. The best way to communicate is to simply ask your boss if you can have a conversation with him in a quiet setting away from other co-workers. Let your boss know about the issues you are having with him in a nonthreatening way. Ask him what expectations he has and what you can do to improve. Also tell him that you want a harmonious workplace relationship, and ask what can be done to achieve that.

Separate work 

Don't allow workplace negativity to affect how you feel at home. Instead, attempt to detach yourself as much as possible from your work life when you are off. This could be done by avoiding relationships with co-workers and maintaining relationships with friends and family that are unassociated with your workplace. Also, don't check work-related emails during your time off if possible.

Discuss Your Concerns

Discussing your concerns with an arrogant boss could be a scary proposition, but it might be helpful in resolving the situation. You have a right to work in a respectful workplace, and if your boss isn't fulfilling his end of the deal, he needs to be informed. This doesn't mean confronting your boss and starting a battle, however. It's best to schedule a quiet time to sit down with your boss and discuss the effects of his actions and comments on your work performance. Keep your statements as neutral and professional as possible -- avoid personal attacks or emotional statements.Using your boss's criticisms as a way to gain some common ground. Ask him what he would like you to improve or how the two of you can solve some of his concerns together.

File a Complaint

Despite your best efforts to manage the situation, your boss might still continue to engage in arrogant behavior. In such cases, you might consider filing a formal complaint. If you work in a large company and you suspect that upper management is unaware of your boss's behavior, contact your human resources department and your union representative to file your complaint. Include the documentation you've kept of your boss's unprofessional behaviors. If the situation does not resolve itself and you continue to feel distressed, you may wish to seek other employment.

If you have a difficult boss then when don't you think about starting your own business?? In such a case you will be your own boss and you will never complain about difficult bosses anymore.Do share your opinion with us through comments.


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