Managing a Hothead

Managing a Hothead
Managing a Hothead

The Three Characteristics of a Hothead

Do you like to be talked down to, yelled at, or treated like an incompetent fool? Do you enjoy a feeling of fear, never knowing when some situation is going to blow up in your face? If you’re like most people, you answered “No” to both questions.

But you may have to work with someone who treats you and co-workers this poorly — someone who is condescending, domineering, and easily enraged. People who display these hostile-aggressive characteristics are known as “hotheads.” It’s in your best interest to be able to identify traits of a hothead. Here are three characteristics of hotheads:

They’re condescending

One of the identifying characteristics of hotheads is that they’re condescending in their interactions with others. They believe they’re always right and will ridicule or undervalue the ideas of others, often to the point of calling other people’s ideas “stupid” or labeling other people’s suggestions “no-brainers.”

They’re domineering

A domineering person tries to make others acquiesce to his or her suggestions by intimidating them. “Domineering to the point of being an arrogant bully” is a phrase that describes most hotheads. When such a trait is written into movie scripts, the effect is often described as unbelievable or overplayed. But hotheads are truly difficult in the extreme.

They’re irascible

Hotheads, as would be expected, are easily enraged. All manner of people, messages, and events are capable of sending a hothead into a spasm of uncontrolled rage. It’s never pleasant being around hotheads when they explode. It’s worse if you’re a target of their uncontrolled vitriol. Such a situation makes you want to escape in order to retain your sanity.

These expressions of rage, along with acts of condescension and attempts to be domineering, are the three characteristics of the hothead. When faced with contact by a hothead, words like avoidance and flee may well come to mind — and for good reason.

The average person doesn’t want to be around a hothead, and certainly doesn’t want to work with one. Obviously, a hothead can be very disruptive in the work environment. That’s why it’s important to be able to identify hotheads, so you can deal with them appropriately and create a more positive work environment.

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