We all have that one person at work who comes in every day with a different mask on, and we never know who or what to expect. These individuals are sometimes called fake or phony, but I prefer to identify them as wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Wikipedia identifies wolves in sheep’s clothing as “an idiom of biblical origin used to describe those playing a role contrary to their real character with whom contact is dangerous, particularly false teachers. Much later, the idiom has been applied by zoologists to varying kinds of predatory behavior.”
Some common traits of the wolves in sheep’s clothing:
The wolves in sheep’s clothing can be covert or overt narcissists, and they can suck the life and energy out of the office and those they work with. You can effectively deal with these individuals by doing the following:
Remember, above all else, your mental well-being is important, and you need to take care of our own needs first. If you find you are unsuccessful in dealing with the wolves in sheep’s clothing, you should seek out professional help through your human resources department, supervisor or someone who is better equipped to handle such toxic situations.
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