“Do it yourself,” Rob plopped the part on Denise’s desk.
The flush on her face tattled in opposition to her calm tone. “Are you refusing to do the job I gave you?”
“That’s what I said, didn’t I?”
“You realize this could cost you your job?”
Rob laughed, “You can’t fire me. I’ll get to Conners before you. And even if I don’t, he’ll back me, not you.”
Denise clenched her fists. “We’ll discuss this with Mr. Conners.” She picked up the phone, wondering if the support she needed would help her deal with the situation, or if she’d be thrown under a bus of male domination.
Similar scenarios play out for women all over America, and even in other parts of the world. As we are put in positions of authority, male subordinates buck and bite against our supervisory decisions. When a woman tries to supervise men, rarely does it happen without many mental and emotional problems.
So what is a woman to do when the men around her refuse to comply? Over the next few days, we’ll explore pitfalls that threaten to drag us down, and platforms we can build in order to survive. There’s no guarantee of peaceful outcomes. We cannot control others. We can perform to the best of our ability, doing our best to reach peaceful conclusions. But the effort involved often feels like an uphill climb.
How do you deal with difficult people at work? Has gender differences created uphill challenges for you?
Romans 12:18 (NIV)
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her family.