Harvard Business Review – Ask An Expert: How Do I Deal With Upward Bullying..

Dear Ascend,

A peer of mine and I both applied for the same leadership position at work. I was successfully recruited into the role, and as an added complexity, this made me her new line manager. She was on the interview panel when I first joined the organization 10 years ago, so she has worked here longer than me. I didn’t anticipate that becoming her manager would be easy, but I never imagined it would be so hard. 

Upward bullying is real. And from my experience, navigating this for BAME [Black, Asian and minority ethnic] staff is a minefield because policies and systems are not designed to support BAME leaders from being bullied by their white, privileged colleagues. What’s the best way to handle this situation?


New Manager


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