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This person could be your boss – someone with genuine positional power over you.Anything you do is scrutinized, challenged or faces disagreement.Grasp why the relationship with this person is important to you both.You are not required to revere this person just because they are higher up the organization than you – that is your choice to do that (and it is a perfectly valid thing to do.) Position does not give a person the right to intimidate, nor, position is not a reason to feel intimidated. It is tempting to dis-engage and work with this person at arms length (flight response) – but this won’t solve the problem and could even make it worse for you.You’re quiet and don’t speak up to avoid being attacked. This person might even be a subordinate – somebody who works for you (believe me, this happens more than you might think.) You probably sense a lack of ‘parity’– that you don’t have the right to engage with this person at the same level. Or this person could be a colleague – someone who uses clever words and exerts personal power or expert power that you believe you can’t compete with.
If so, one of you must step forward to making this happen. Some people deliberately set out to intimidate others.
By working more with this person, you will learn about their default behaviors, and they will about you.
In my experience, intimidating people become less intimidating the more we understand them and build a strong relationship with them.
There maybe truth in the opinions of others, but perhaps, with an open-mind, you might come to a different conclusion? You may be feeling intimidated because this person stands tall above you and their positioning and proximity could be overbearing. Is this person articulate who uses words you don’t understand?
This person might be tall in stature, eliciting a ‘fight or flight’ response in you. Does this person use coarse language or aggressive words? Perhaps this person is a mystery to you – one moment they seem on side, and the next against you?