Abusive bosses have greater influence on their staffs than you might have thought,. The top-line finding is this: when managers are abusive, it can lead to similar behavior in employees two-levels down the org chart.

Brandon Smith talks about why and how to break the cycle.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at theworkplacetherapist.com. While you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.

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