An intimidating person is usually someone who is seen as successful, assertive, and most of all, confident.
It’s a word that’s sometimes used in a bad way, because it can also describe someone who seems unapproachable, but overall, most people strive to come off as intimidating rather than timid or quiet.
In general, when a man is thought of as intimidating, people believe he’s doing something right – he’s in control in a good way.
When a woman is thought of that way, it often accompanies words like “bitch” and “annoying.” You know what? Be confident instead of self-conscious, and throw people off with that confidence instead of keeping to yourself.
While Peter Economy has spent the better part of two decades of his life slugging it out mano a mano in the management trenches, he is now a full-time ghostwriter and best-selling author of more than 85 books -- including for more than 12 years, where he has worked on projects with the likes of Jim Collins, Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith, and many other top management and leadership thinkers. Although many of us have found that there's a stigma that goes along being someone who is considered to be intimidating--or any of its closer synonyms like bossy, overpowering, or demanding--could it be that coming off as a force to reckon with can actually be a good thing? Ever wondered just how coming off too strong might actually be a good thing? Even though everyone sticks up for himself or herself every now and then, if you appear as a strong personality, people will know that you're not someone who will be pushed around.
Rather than taking senseless blows, people know not to treat you poorly from the very start.
Hanks often hears clients talk about loved ones as intimidating — anyone from a spouse to an in-law. It means expressing your thoughts, feelings, needs and wants in a relationship, said psychologist Julie de Azevedo Hanks, Ph. However, many of us have a hard time being assertive with certain people. Maybe it’s someone you perceive as more powerful or even “better” than you.