How To Deal With A ‘Too Salty’ Boss

Take It Personel-ly


“Like salt in a sauce, too much overwhelms the dish; too little is similarly distracting; but just the right amount allows the other flavors to dominate our experience. Just as food is rarely praised for being perfectly salted, leaders may somewhat infrequently be praised for being perfectly assertive.” ~Robert I. Sutton from Good Boss, Bad Boss

A too salty boss can also be considered a micro-manager. They have gone from being assertive to controlling.

I have worked with a few bosses that were controlling, or based on the above analogy, too salty. The most recent of which, was so controlling that she had to review every email prior to me sending it out. If for some reason an email came into me, and I did not show her the conversation, then I would receive the third degree.

This level of control made me feel incompetent, useless and demoralized at work…

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Author: lizstincelli

I am Liz Stincelli and I am passionate about recognizing, inspiring, and igniting the leader in each of us. I am the Founder of Stincelli Advisors where I specialize in helping management teams learn new ways of looking at problems and finding new approaches to discovering solutions. I hold a Doctor of Management degree with an emphasis on organizational leadership. I offer 20+ years of pro-active operations management, problem-solving, team-building, human resources, accounting, and business administration experience in a variety of industries. I serve on the Editorial Review Board for the Independent Journal of Management and Production and the Journal of Managerial Psychology. I have also been a guest lecturer at the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business Westminster College. You can learn more about me by reading my blog here at: or Connect with me on Twitter @infinitestin, on Google+, and on LinkedIn. You can contact me by email at

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