Get Rid of Your Egocentric Management Style Once and For All
It’s a common theme in the corporate world to sit on meetings to hear the head of a department or division speak about the course he wants to take his team on. In many of these interactions, if you can call them that, there’s more consensus than constructive interaction.
That’s the perfect moment to speak up to help the team avoid a derailment into a cliff. You see, if everybody agrees with what the head honcho says, there’s no progression toward the creation of an unbiased organization.
Many successful executives, specially extroverts, like their people to agree to their every single demand. This can turn what may be a high performing team into a team of puppets following an egomaniac leader that only cares about taking all the credit for the successes of his team.
I remember the President of a company I used to work for, talking down to all his direct reports as if his reign was a feud. This was the same gentleman that, when asked his opinion about how I was doing my job, replied he didn’t have time to mind what a line manager was doing in his day-to-day. No wonder he eventually ended up being sued for illegal business practices.
Remember one thing, people come in and out of jobs. Frequently, no one is remembered for what his contributions where, unless those contributions transcended the limitations of space and time. Do you think Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, will be forgotten? I didn’t think so.
Your impact in the life of people who work by your side must propel them into greatness. It’s not and it should never be about you. The steps that propel you forward are only partially attributed to you. The bulk of the actions that characterize a highly successful group of people can be split almost evenly between the members of the group.
Only when you comprehend this fact will you be able to let go of the control syndrome. Trying to control everything will only bring you sorrow and heartache. Learn to trust your colleagues and open up to their ideas, maybe then you’ll learn what each of them considers most important in their lives.
Being at the top is a rewarding feeling, but being there alone is an awful, lonely place to be.