Thursday’s Dilbert (see the strip) starts with the “Pointy Haired Boss” asking Dilbert for his opinion on something.
Dilbert responds with “studies show that if you ask for my opinion, I will no longer perceive you as a leader.”
The cartoon isn’t footnoted and a bit of Google searching doesn’t pull up “studies.” Maybe I’m doing Google wrong. Maybe you can help find a study about this. I’m not sure what Scott Adams is citing here.
But do you really think this is true? I think a good leader DOES ask his or her employees what they think. Weak leaders are afraid of hearing input from employees or others.
Leaders shouldn’t live in a vacuum or a bubble and they shouldn’t be making top-down pronouncements. Asking employees what they think and getting their input doesn’t turn the workplace into a democracy.
Maybe the “no longer perceive you as a leader” dynamic is true in organizations that have been top-down, command and control environments? If so, does it really harm the organization or its performance if they’re no longer perceived as a “leader?”
Studies show that cartoons aren’t always correct?
Would you view YOUR manager or CEO negatively if they asked for your opinion? Are there circumstances where this might be true? I’m having trouble seeing it.
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