Most of us have or will have worked for a manager that we either love, hate or just tolerate in our lifetime no matter what kind of profession we may be in. However, I would state this, “what makes a great manager is what makes a great employee” No matter what the circumstance is, being a manager is as only hard as you make it. Funny thing is, most managers don’t even interpret this, they see it one way and that is their way, is the only way. Sure, we know managers have been given a direction to follow as well by their boss and so on as the chain of command goes. However, you can’t just take a command and shove it down the throat of your employees. You have to look at each employee’s strengths and weaknesses and install the direction that matches their skill set. The overall goal is the same but it’s just tweaked for each employee so that they see their strength in doing the best job they can do for you and most importantly, the company. If you choose to bully your ideas and ways on your employees then your philosophy of trying to manage a team to go above and beyond for you is all but lost. Although a manager can be your best friend one day and then be the manager you hate the next day. However, what makes a great manager is the one who can find a common ground between those two types. Most manager’s want to be the great manager that everyone loves instead of the manager that everyone wonders how they got to be a manager in the first place. A good manager will look at their employees and try to pinpoint each personality trait to their benefit in a way to exploit a positive trait that each individual brings to the table. Because at the end of the day, your manager has a boss of their own that they have to report too as well and there’s no better way to show your boss that you have a team that will jump of the ledge for you because they trust you. Think about it, a happy manager with happy employees brings what? You guessed it, positive results. I’ve only known one manager in my life that always had their employee’s backs no matter what the situation was and that right there should tell you a lot. A great manager is hard to find.
Then there’s the manager whose own employees are afraid of, hate or just tolerate to get them off their back. That’s the manager who you have to be careful of, the manager who can make your life hell, the manager who you have to watch carefully everyday. This manager usually has the skills to be a great a manager and was indeed good at being noticed by whom ever put them in that position in the first place. But what this manager lacks is committment from their team because they only show it to a few select people. Usually this type of manager shows favouritism to individuals they have hand selected, because these are their own private employees who do as their told, when their told and how their told to do it. However, the big picture is all but lost now on the other employees, not because their not worthy but because they have one negative quality that the manager is deathly afraid of, a mind of their own. Instead of honing in on what may be positive ideas that could be beneficial they decide to sigh because the idea is not of their own. Now everyone loses out due to the fact that the employee feels labeled as a free-thinker due to the fact that the manager has indeed classified them as nothing but a “trouble maker” and you can bet that the manager’s boss knows this as well.
So, what do you do as employee who thinks their manager is nothing more than an idiot? Do you decide to just ”play the game” as people like to say. Do you do a complete about-face and change your whole attitude? Do you say nothing and wait for a slow death to take over? Or do you bunker down as someone once told me and hope someone sees that there is an issue. It’s a hard decision, most of us want to do a good job at our profession but we also would like to be recognized as well. Some of us are just afraid that we will be fired because well, that’s what happens when you’re a free-thinker and then some of us have the opportunity to say, “screw this” and just quit or leave for another job. Whatever the scenario is, you have to ask yourself, are you happy? Are you good at your job? And are you going to let a manager dictate your life? Most people think you have no shot at changing the viewpoints of your manager but guess what, you do. Good managers want to help you, they want to see you succeed and some even like to see a little fire in your belly that shows you indeed care about your job. What’s the worst that can happen? They disagree with you? If that’s the case then nothing has changed. But hey, miracles do happen.
What do you think? Share some stories with me about a manager you loved, hated or just tolerated.