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Where some see strong leader in Silber, he sees hostile workplace

My reaction to Jeff Jacoby’s “Working for BU’s ‘silver unicorn’ ” (Op-ed, Sept. 28) was visceral. Jacoby describes scenario after scenario in which Boston University president John Silber was abusive to him and others. Jacoby indicates that the late Silber’s aggressive style and his intellect served BU well. He describes Silber as “abrasive, blunt, volatile, and aggressive” and “in a temper five days a week.” Jacoby says his colleagues felt “put in [their] place.” These are words victims of abusive relationships use.

Today’s work environments have policies to protect workers from hostile work situations. Psychologists have examined the psychic damage to victims.

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