A Corporate Guide to Passive Aggressive Behaviour

Passive aggressive behaviour takes many forms but it is essentially a situation where someone is deliberately choosing to not help, co-operate or engage with others because they are angry and yet choose not to express their anger. Instead of communicating honestly that you feel upset, annoyed, irritated or disappointed, you contain your feelings, shut off verbally, become obstructive, and put up a polite “stone-wall” of non-co-operation.

Opening the door to greater self-knowledge

A key challenge for all leaders today is to be consistent in their leadership behaviour and decision making. This is an important factor in building and maintaining the trust of their people. They also need to be role models of the leadership behaviour identified as critical for giving life to the desired culture that will deliver the expected results. Central to being able to exercise conscious control over their behaviour as leaders is having a good level of self-knowledge.