Difficult people to manage at work: the Alpha Male

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 23 Aug, 2016

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Alpha males have not disappeared although slightly out of fashion; this style of behaviour might be natural but so many organisation focus so much on rewarding competition and individual success rather than teamwork that people come in, look at successful people leading the company and see that this is what they need to do to get on.


Letting alpha males flourish can seriously damage a company not just because it might create barriers to diversity but also because there needs to be a culture of learning, self-awareness and prospective of self in relation to the entire organisation.

The problem here might lie with the fact that alpha males tend to surround themselves with similar characters and without debate, different perspectives and approaches the team won't be able to achieve what they want to achieve.

The best way to deal with personality type is not to tackle them head on (they thrive on conflict) but to subtly dampen there excesses and harness their strengths by making sure they are part of a team populated by other styles.

Do you know any Alpha Males in your organisation, maybe intimately? ;-)


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