Dec 13, 2013

Are you an egocentric Manager?

There are managers/supervisors who are very much particular about their standing in their organization. For example a hard working former rank and file employee is promoted to a middle level managerial position. 

Suddenly, there is a change on his job title and his peers thought that it was only the change on his job title that would be affected. They hoped that there would be no change on his part as far as his behavior towards them is concerned.

However they noticed that his change of job status has went-up to his head: from a very friendly peer he suddenly became detached from them. He chose to transfer to a roomy place in the office that isolated him from his former peers. He now suddenly wants them to address him as sir rather than his nick name just like when he was still one of them. In short, this man who was suddenly promoted became egocentric; the sudden change of job status went to his head instead of going to his heart.

There are some of us who behave like this newly promoted person, we become self-centered by the sudden change in our job status/title. We suddenly want respect which is not bad, but we must not overly concern ourselves with this sudden appendage in our job status for the reason that it will detach us from our peers and subordinates.

 And it will surely affect our image as a member of our organization. From a team player we unknowingly might become a dictator or an autocratic manager which is actually a very bad behavior for a manager to have.

It will not do us any good if we become egocentric because of our newly found status in our organization. We need not worry if we want respect because it will come once we know how to respect our peers and subordinates as they say: Respect begets respect. Our co-workers will respect us once we respect them immaterial of their position.

So this question comes-up: Does it pay to be overly egocentric about your new status in your organization?

No it doesn’t pay! We must always remain humble and a team player. Job position/title is simply a name that is given to us, we must not allow ourselves to become swell-headed because of it; we must always remain humble and simple no matter how high we go up in the organizational hierarchy. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

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