A RUDE BOSS

Talented people are endowed with exceptional intellectual ability. They are original thinkers and master connectors. They can connect things what others can’t. They can find the right combinations at the right time. Some of them are known for their madness, but that is not one of the prerequisites to become a talented . A genius can be evil also. He possess the capability of designing wrong paths much better. A ferocious animal is dangerous. More dangerous is an evil man, because he can think. An evil man not only can harm physically, but also, mentally. Gautam Buddha admitted it ages ago. “An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast. A wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.” History is replete with examples of the brightest men and women who have also been the most delightful. But, we can’t say with all the authority that evil and genius are incompatible. Hitler is often cited as the prime example of evil-genius disastrous combination. “The evil genius is not merely wicked, and does not confine his evil deeds to his sphere, say an exceptionally cruel murder or two; he is Mephistophelean in his cunning to procure evil on the largest possible scale,” writes Theodore Dalrymple. The extraordinary talent of talented persons often rescues them from the wrath they deserve, due to their bad conduct. As Dalrymple writes, “To benefit from the products of talent, therefore, the world just has to exonerate a certain amount of bad behaviour from the talented.” There is nothing wrong if some talented people know that they are talented. The problem arises when they take advantage of their talent, knowing that they are granted more leeway than others, and misbehave. If there is a choice, we would like to work with a sublime artist who is also a beautiful person. No one would like to work with an ugly sublime artist. The fact remains is that working with a beautiful but a bad artist is equally difficult as working with an ugly but sublime artist.A rude boss is not uncommon. What makes them so rude? Is it because their subordinates can’t meet their expectations? Is it because they know that they can get away with anything because of their position? Is it because they know that people depend on them, and they can’t afford to take recourse? Is it because talented people are naturally aggressive? Is it because they are not afraid to call a spade a spade, and when they do so, it is considered rude? Is it because by not calling a spade a spade, they think they would be doing greater injustice to their organisation, and thus, knowingly behave rudely for the good of the organisation? Is it because exchanging niceties is not their only objective? Is it because they think their reputation relies more on their work rather than on their conduct?