The farce of management and 4 ways to bring humanity back to leadership

Let’s call the current state of management what it is: a farce.

Many self-help books tout this strategy as a way for leaders to display humility. Many employees perceive it as a way for them to shirk responsibility. As a manager, you should be able to help when an employee asks for it — not make them solve their own problems. If the employee doesn’t have a solution, help them find one.

So what should change?

There are so many things that should change, but I’ve selected just 4 points to focus on in this article.

1. Reject traditional management assumptions

Understand that stereotypical “leadership” traits do not indicate someone will be a good leader, and can often indicate the opposite. Too much assertiveness and confidence can be a bad thing when it comes to supporting employees, and those who are often the best at playing politics are the ones who would make the worst leaders.

2. Know that you do not know, or have some humility

My close friends know that Socrates is my favorite philosopher. His face is the icon for this blog. Part of Socrates’ mission in life was to show that just because you’re an expert in one area, that does not mean you’re an expert in every area.

3. Be a genuine and direct leader

Don’t say things that aren’t true, don’t make promises you can’t keep, and don’t intentionally mislead employees.

4. Have transparent, two-way conversations

This last point should be the natural conclusion of having the previous three. If managers respect employees, they’re genuine and direct, and they have some humility, they will be able to have transparent conversations with employees because their focus turns to what is best for all instead of “what is best for me.”

There is no single prescription for dealing with people.

Every person is different, and every situation is different. No one management or leadership theory, model, or strategy can be applied and see success in every situation, though some are better than others.

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Kara J

Kara J

Writing evidence-based, thought-provoking content to spread knowledge and ideas that help people. I hold an MS I/O Psychology and BA Philosophy.