How to Deal with Narcissists in the Workplace

Like me, you’ve probably had firsthand experience in working and dealing with narcissists.  It doesn’t matter if it’s your boss, manager, peer or team member – dealing with narcissists in the workplace can leave you feeling stressed, anxious and disengaged.

What is a narcissist?

At a high level, it’s someone who has:

  • an inflated sense of self-importance
  • an excessive need for admiration
  • a lack of empathy
  • an inability to handle criticism
  • a sense of entitlement

Here are some tips on how to deal with narcissists in the workplace:

1 ) Know how to spot them

A person doesn’t have to be clinically diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder to exhibit narcissistic traits or tendencies. The signs of narcissism can be subtle but are easily identifiable if you know what to look for.

Here are 18 ways to spot a narcissist.

2) Learn how to deal with them

This will depend on the type of narcissist you’re dealing with but, in general, learning how to manage your own emotions is key.

Here are 8 ways to handle a narcissist 

3) Learn to work with them

It’s important to remember that narcissists can also be hard-working employees who are good at what they do. So rather than trying to avoid them or hoping their narcissistic behaviour will cost them their job, it’s best to learn how to cope if you’re working with a narcissist.

4) Learn to work for them

Having a narcissistic manager can be a nightmare! If you’re unlucky enough to be in this situation, learning strategies for how to work for a narcissistic boss will reduce the impact on you and help you handle the stress.

By understanding the importance of working and dealing with different personality types you’ll create the career you want – for now, and for the future.

It’s Your Life.  It’s Your Career. You Own It.


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