THE PEOPLEALCHEMIST EDIT: CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION, BUSINESS & LIFESTYLE EXPERIMENTATION FOR THEWOMANALCHEMIST – THE ALPHA MALE
How can you deal with the Alpha male in a work environment?
Alpha males have not disappeared, although slightly out of fashion; this style of behaviour might be natural, but so many organisations 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 because it might create barriers to diversity and because there needs to be a culture of learning, self-awareness and perspective of self in relation to the entire organisation.
The problem here might be that alpha males surround themselves with similar characters. 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 types is not to tackle them head-on (they thrive on conflict) but to subtly dampen their 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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