Do you have a bully in your midst? According to a very interesting article in the New York Times today ("Fear in the Workplace: The Bullying Boss"), bully bosses and managers are motivated differently than childhood bullies and have a different effect on the workplace environment than one might imagine. They're also hard to spot because their underlings are afraid to complain, and often retain a high productivity level. In other words, bullies look like good managers.
Another interesting finding in the article: while a strong, bully boss causes those below him or her to adopt the same behavior, a strong, kind boss's behavior also influences the staff to adopt similar traits.