When your employees like you, they’re more likely to do their best for you -- and overlook some of your weaknesses.
But there are times when a desire to be liked can get in the way of your success.
Three important questions to ask yourself:
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Bosses who want to be liked will probably fail
But the promotion triggered in Harry an intense desire to be liked by the people he supervised. He didn’t want to be thought of as a tyrant or jerk, or as uncaring and unsympathetic. He thought that if he gave everyone what they wanted, they’d be nice and more productive in return. He also thought his manager would be impressed if she got reports that his staff liked him.
Consequently Harry went along with every request for personal time off, every suggested change in the physical work environment, substandard quality of work and relaxation of every deadline.
Harry’s desire to be liked and resulting attempts to avoid conflict had created huge conflicts both within the team and in their interactions with other groups.
Harry started succeeding when he started acting according to his answers to a series of questions:
Harry realized that behavioral and performance standards are more important than being liked by the wrong people for the wrong reasons. Harry could set standards and communicate in an honest and decent way. People who performed well and acted professionally liked him for the atmosphere he helped create and for the success they enjoyed. Being disliked by other people was fine.
By the way, these lists can be useful in your personal life, too.
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