Bosses Gone Wild?
This story is a few weeks old and isn’t strictly Lean related, but it’s interesting:
How do people get ahead in the workplace? One way seems to be by making their subordinates miserable, according to a study released Friday.
I had a 2nd-level boss like that at a previous company… and he was moving quickly up the corporate chain, unfortunately. It might catch up to him some day, but you never know.
Is good solid leadership really that rare in the working world? Maybe just as bad as the domineering, bullying boss is the wimpy boss who doesn’t hold people accountable, as that creates a different kind of dysfunction.
Lean leadership certainly isn’t about bullying, but it’s also not wimpy. Lean leadership holds people accountable — that’s a better manifestation of having “respect for people” than just being nice to everyone would be.
Here’s a somewhat related link on the Lean Printing blog, which has had some outstanding posts this week, check it out.