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  • AutorenbildVeronika Höller

From the Shadows of Bossing: My Personal Journey Towards Healing and Empowerment

As I sit down to share my story, my heart races with a mix of vulnerability and determination. I've walked through the shadowy corridors of bossing, a silent yet pervasive force that lingers in the workplaces. It's a tale not just of personal struggle but a reflection on how such toxic dynamics can shatter the spirit of a workforce and dent the soul of an organization.

Unmasking Bossing: The Hidden Aggressor in the Workplace

Bossing crept into my life under the guise of stern leadership. It's a subtle tyranny, where authority is misused to control, intimidate, and diminish. My superior, a figure I once respected, became a source of constant dread. Their overpowering presence loomed over every task, each decision, casting a long, cold shadow on my professional and personal well-being. It´s years ago but the scares astill there.

Enduring the Storm: My Struggle with Bossing

Caught in this storm, I found myself performing a delicate dance of survival and resistance. The challenge wasn't just about meeting deadlines or completing tasks; it was about preserving my sense of self. My days were marred by a relentless erosion of confidence, a smothering of my creativity and voice.

In my darkest moments, I oscillated between submission and silent rebellion. There were days I conformed, shrinking under the weight of my boss's oppressive tactics. Then there were moments of hushed conversations with colleagues, finding a fleeting solace in our shared plight. The thought of confronting my boss was both a beacon of hope and a terrifying prospect.

Benches in an autumn landscape how it feels to be bullied
Benches in an autumn landscape

The Wider Impact: A Company's Diminishing Light

Bossing doesn't just scar individuals; it casts a pall over the entire organization. I witnessed talented colleagues leaving, their potential and passion dimmed. The company's vibrant spirit began to fade, and with it, its reputation. In the interconnected world we live in, a company known for bossing is a company struggling to stand tall in a landscape that increasingly values empathy and respect.

Rising from the Ashes: Advocating for Change

The road to healing began with a collective realization and a shared voice. We, as employees, found strength in unity, advocating for a workplace culture rooted in respect and empowerment. It was time for policies that not only condemned bossing but actively paved the way for positive, ethical leadership.

Training sessions became more than formalities; they were platforms for instilling values of respect and understanding. Open communication channels were established, reassuring us that our voices would be heard, not silenced.


I had to leave my job back then because no one would listen, and I was labeled as 'too emotional'. It was a harsh lesson to learn that colleagues often show their true colors only when it comes to standing by you - many with whom I had a good personal rapport became strangers afterward, while others surprisingly remained and are still close friends today. Despite the pain, I would do it all over again and speak out against the injustices - because silence changes nothing, and only through speaking up can there be hope for change!

This journey is not just mine. It's a path many tread in silence. But as we share our stories and stand united, we pave the way for workplaces where respect and innovation are not just ideals but lived realities.

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