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Don’t Let It Go to Your Head!

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People are put into positions of leadership sometimes for all the wrong reasons.  It can be who they know or are related to.  It can be only because they have a degree.  There has been a lot of comment from the military about the creation of officers from college graduates in the past with little or no military experience.  Even if they have come up through the ranks or have on the job experience, they may not be natural born leaders.  Some people think that just because they get the job title of supervisor that means they know how to be bosses and they often make the mistake of prematurely making decisions about the business before they know what they are doing.  They are often eager to impress on the people under them that they are the boss and can make all the decisions.

Often the decisions are made with little knowledge about the workplace.  The people actually doing the job may have  the most experience and frequently might know what works and doesn’t work.  New bosses are frequently insecure and are afraid if they rely on the people under them for advice that this will make them appear weak.  In order to strengthen their new positions, new bosses decide to make a lot of changes.  They may think that they were put in charge because the old system of doing things was not working and that some major changes need to be made.  Things need to be shook up a little.  The other thought that they might have is that the employees need to be shown who’s boss now and what better way to do it than making some unpopular but needed (from the new bosses premature point of view) changes.    They might throw out the baby with the bath water.

Hiring and promoting people into leadership positions should be done thoughtfully and with as much knowledge as one can get about what makes a good boss and how good business decisions are made.

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