Tips For Working With A Controlling Manager

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Having a job which involves working alongside someone who doesn’t like to give up control easily or let anyone else handle their business.  Dealing with a controlling boss can make your entire day stressful and even make you not want to go to work at all.

When you feel as if you aren’t at ease in your place of work where you spend the majority of your week, this can start to wear down on you not only emotionally but even have physical effects.  Rather than allowing yourself to get dragged down by this negativity, remember that you can’t control others, but you can control your reactions.  Here are some of the best tips for dealing with a controlling manager.

Stay Patient

When it comes to dealing with difficult situations, the best thing that you can do for yourself is to stay calm and patient. If you allow your emotions to take over then you aren’t doing anyone a favor.  By practicing patience you are taking control of the situation rather than it taking control of you.

One of the best ways to moderate your emotions is to practice breathing exercises before giving the first reaction that comes instinctively.  Try taking 5 long breaths in and out when you start to feel overwhelmed and you will find that you regulate your anger or frustration much better.

Stay Confident

One of the biggest reasons that controlling people can be hard to deal with is because they challenge our own self-worth and belief in the ability that we can do it on our own.  Remember that you should not allow this to affect your own confidence.

Take breaks to remind yourself of your accomplishments and allow yourself to be the judge rather than others.  Often one of the biggest reasons that people are controlling is because they are projecting their own insecurities onto you.  The sign of a confident person is letting go of control more and allowing life to happen rather than desperately trying to control it.  

Do The Best You Can

When you know that you are trying to do the best job that you can then no one can affect your performance.  If you are putting in 100% on a daily basis then anyone’s criticisms or attempt to push you down will have no effect on you.

Take time every day to make an assessment of exactly how much you are giving in your work performance and whether it is enough to consider yourself an excellent employee.  If the answer is yes, then don’t let anyone’s nit-picking get you down.  If you see that you have room for improvement, take the constructive criticism and put it to use by making improvements where you see necessary.