As I look back at what has passed for my career, I have come to the realization that it’s not me, it’s you. As I had recently written in another blog post , I am extremely self-aware…very much conscious of my positive and negative traits. The fact is that I’m an absolute delight…just ask any of the voices in my head. Maybe you’re not a good boss. Just because we couldn’t work together doesn’t mean that I’m uncooperative. Sometimes it’s just the wrong people in the wrong place at that wrong time.
Years ago, I worked under a sales manager who was just not cut out for a leadership role. If anything, he was a de-motivator. He did nothing to encourage his team. He appeared almost cliché…the prototypical evil boss who would just browbeat you every chance he had. You were never good enough…your numbers sucked…your efforts were lacking…I know that many was the time I just wanted to tank my efforts because I knew this would affect his numbers. Of course I didn’t, as that would have affected my income.
Ultimately, the powers that be saw the light, and he was fired. I got a phone call from our company’s president with the news…to which I said nothing. He asked why I didn’t react, and I told him that I didn’t know what to say. He suggested, “What took so long?”.
I’ve had some great bosses too, to the point where I never considered them to be bosses as much as partners in our collective success. It’s that type of leadership that I’ve tried to emulate throughout my experiences as a supervisor.
Where do you see yourself? I recently read an article which was published by Alvernia University (you can look them up…just take the good old Reading Railroad to Reading, PA), which discusses the merits of being a boss versus a leader. I found it very insightful, as I recognized a bit of myself on both sides of the ledger at times (but most often leaning towards “leader”). Take a read and let me know about your style of leadership.