Tormentor Types

Kathi Elster, co-author of Mean Girls at Work, and Patricia Barnes, author of Surviving Bullies, Queen Bees & Psychopaths in the Workplace, offer a taxonomy of the worst people in any company.

The Ice Princess

“The meanest of the mean,” says Elster. She ignores you in meetings because she can. She’s “unable to see another person’s point of view.” She sees others as a threat and will do anything for superiority.

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