This may or may not be a big deal. Recently we brought on board a senior project manager to take over a project that has gotten out of control. This manager took a bombastic approach and naturally started to get on people's nerves. From my perspective this guy had (has) an agenda, as he knew that the outgoing senior manager has become a sort of lame duck. However, once this senior project manager started stepping on my toes, I let it be known to my superiors that this guy was creating havoc and was not only making my job extremely difficult, he was also making other people's jobs difficult.
The issue is that I communicated this concern via email to my superiors in a very direct manner. In fact in my email I said things that I wish I hadn't. As we know sometimes the best tactic at dealing with jerks is to just let them be jerks and watch them hang themselves. Certainly my co-workers have been doing that to an extent (though not always). Their management roles make it easier for them - whereas my role is about managing process - which is where this guy assumed control over. Instead of having a direct conversation with the senior project manager (who in my eyes can be likened to a sociopath), which is what I should have done, I tantrumized it all in an email.
The outgoing department manager finally took action about this senior project manager (likely as a result of my email), but I have now exposed my internal weakness of not tolerating crap. I am a manager who believes in dignity, respect, integrity and honesty. I am fully aware that a large percentage of other managers out there will do whatever it takes to get to where they want to go. However I also believe it is possible to climb the ladder the right way. Whether I will ever be able to do that or not, I still want to neutralize my reputation of being a bit fiery. Noone wants to deal with someone who falters, even once, in office politics. And it certainly can limit the ability to climb up.
My dilemma is, how to clear that reputation? Do I drop it and just hang low?