Question: I am a middle management supervisor and
am attempting to implement the lead management principles I learned in
your training. I am having difficulty though because the management of
my company is definitely boss management. How do I stay true to lead
management when I am being managed by boss managers?---Name withheld by
Answer: Excellent question! This is truly a challenge but definitely NOT impossible. In any given situation, there are at least three choices summed up simply as you could: 1) leave it, 2) change it, or 3) accept it. Now, lets look at what each of those options might look like in your situation.
- If you leave it, this may mean that you find another job or you relinquish the idea of implementing lead management principles in your organization. Develop the “If you can’t beat them, join them” mentality.
- If you change it, this would look like you are attempting to get management to understand the value of lead management. You might attempt to get them to attend a seminar, read a book or hear your own presentation about why lead management is so effective.
- Finally, the last choice is accept it. Accepting it is where you get to when you decide you do not want to leave it and you have been unsuccessful at changing it. When you accept it, you would realize that management is invested in doing things the way they always have been doing it. They are probably not going to see things your way and make massive policy changes. Now, you are left with the question, “Whose behavior can you control?” The obvious answer: only your own. This being the case, the most important question to ask yourself is what kind of manager do you want to be? If you are truly committed to being a lead manager then, you would continue to behave in the way of a leader rather than an autocratic boss regardless of the way you are being treated.
Do you have any ideas about how to stay a lead manager while being managed by bosses?