Have you ever had a boss who thought that in order to get the best performance from you they had to treat you like dirt? If so, how did you feel about that?
Leadership is a balance, but that balance too often leans to the side of manipulation and force. Being mean is a poor, sad, troubling strategy.
When is it appropriate for a leader to act like a jerk? Never.
Many supervisors could double their effectiveness if they stopped acting like jerks.
If you catch yourself about to get mean, come clean and restart.
-- doug smith