8 Subtle Signs Your Boss Is Insecure

Maryam Taheri
8 min readApr 17, 2023

In every role we ever have we’re all going to work with different people: people who work similarly to us, people who work differently from us, and every working style in-between. We’re all human, so this means we’re also going to be faced with everyone else’s insecurities — and they’re going to be faced with ours. We can’t escape the normal human flaws of our colleagues and managers, but we definitely do have to learn to deal with them.

But did you know that some of the most common frustrations employees have with their coworkers and managers usually stem from the fact that their coworker or manager is actually insecure? Here’s how to spot it — and more importantly, how to deal with the things your boss and coworkers might be doing out of insecurity.

Signs of Insecurity

Micromanagement

When your boss or colleague isn’t secure in their authority — possibly because they’re struggling with imposter syndrome, they often take it out on their colleagues in the form of micromanagement. They don’t quite believe that people take them seriously, and so they try to assert their authority and validate their position by being overly-controlling of the people around them. They may feel very insecure in their role and not trust you to do your job as a result, and so you’ll find them constantly…

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Maryam Taheri

Certified Coach, Founder, Advisor, Mindset + Leadership Expert, and Dog Mom http://linkin.bio/maryamataheri