|Graphic by Malcolm Alston|
Being a mentor is a selfless act. It is a continuous process. It is a transparent process. It takes a strong commitment and a lot of work!
When this happens, it clouds their judgement in all aspects of the work environment. It causes other members of the service to shut down and avoid them. One of the problems with that is many times those Menacing Officers are in key positions in the organization. LOL. There is not enough couch time to unpack the psychological "issues" that created this "character"; just know that they are out there.
Now, when I say a "Menacing Officer", I don't just mean the type that is always lewd, crude and obnoxious. I don't even limit that monicker to the one that is "in your face". I have met some of the quietest menaces you could find. Their modus operandi is calm, cool and just as menacing as officer who is "out there". These quiet, nondescript, "Closet Menacers" (<--poetic license, instead of "Menaces") have their own way about harassing coworkers and subordinates. They apply discipline and work assignments, disproportionately. They play favorites and the "ends against the middle" (Classic divide and conquer). Some of whom you would think stepped right out of the pages of General Sun Tzu's, "Art of War" or Niccoli Machiavelli's, " The Prince ". Cold, quiet and calculating. Yet, a Menace, none the less!
Which One is Worse?
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