I have spent many of my previous blog postings discussing ins & outs of various sourcing and procurement functions. This week I am going to shift my focus a bit and talk about becoming the boss who want to be; not just in the sourcing world but across any industry.
For many us, we have all had a great boss, someone we never felt obliged to go the “extra mile for” or follow in anything they ask of us. We have also had the typical definition of a “BOSS”, someone who just cares about what we can do for them, watches our clock and cares little for professional or personal development. I am a firm believer that professional and personal developments go hand in hand; I know that if I am making myself a better person through education or development classes, this is going to make me a better professional and boss also. While there are bosses that subscribe to these practices, there are others that seem to think that shows weakness because if someone below them shows promise or potential it is more of a threat to them instead of a strength to their team or department. Most, if not all of us are either in this type of situation or have worked in a situation like this. The question is, what kind of Boss does your worst boss turn you into?
From what I have experienced, there are really two ways to go once you are presented with an opportunity to become a BOSS. First, you can take everything you learned from your worst boss and treat the people that work for you the exact same way. This is the trickle-down effect (rolls down hill) or the mind set of “I dealt with it and it made me a great manager, so others should deal with it too and it will make them stronger”. More times than not, this type of approach just does not work and the same way that you hated your boss, the people that work for you will feel the same way. The other way to respond is to take everything that you learned from your worst boss and do the complete opposite. Be the Boss that you wish you had and remember all the times that you felt like you weren’t heard, valued or good enough and make sure that the people who work for you do feel valued, appreciated and valued as a member of the team. Now, there is no way to treat all employees this way because not all employees are made equal; but then again not all Bosses are made equal either.
The question is, what kind of boss would your department or people describe you as and if able to see the results, is that truly the kind of Boss you want to be?