After more than a decade of working, mostly being part of the print media I have come across less than a handful of people who I look up to. While one was a great mentor the other two were great managers who knew when to pull the leash in and when to leave it loose.
Most of the people who were in the supervisory or higher-up roles were routinely bad, pathetic in fact. Reasons varied from:
- Indifference to creating a motivational environment for the team to work with
- Lack of mentoring skills
- Scheming to serve one’s own ends; even using subordinates/co-workers as pawn
- Inability to foster a spirit of bonding & build team work
- Discouraging youngsters/co-workers from trying new ideas/methods
- Having a MY WAY or THE HIGHWAY attitude
- Defeatist when confronted with a problem/new situation/challenge
and so on and so forth…While I’m trying to understand what makes a person stay on with the same organisation for reasons other than job security & not wanting to get out of a comfort zone; what I’m also trying to understand is why do people, especially youngsters job hop. Surely, monetary benefits can’t be the only reason since a pay hike of 1000-2500 rupees really doesn’t matter. Would be great to get your thoughts on both counts.
Meanwhile, here is my pick of the lot for being a REALLY COOL boss.
- Give your employee the end-goal and allow them to navigate their way towards that goal
- Create a sense of working towards a purpose as a TEAM
- Make each member of the TEAM accountable for their responsibilities, actions and achievements
- Applaud good work in public and reprimand bad moves in private
- Mentor the team or put a buddy system in place
- Be a friend but only when asked for
- The Boss is the (wo)man with a vision so be CLEAR in all communications & set expectations
I’m working with one such……