Monday, 26 May 2014

For Those In Positions Of Authority

A supervisor I had oversight for, was having issues with a subordinate assigned to him. He was well within his right to fire her and he did, a bit too happily. Big baby and very little water, out into the gutter they both went. She called me crying. After explaining what transpired between them, I called and asked for his side of the story. Bottom line, she had hurt his ego on the job several times and he had to 'let her go.'

There were no disciplinary measures explored before then. He just fired her. No time wasted. I asked him about her job performance. She was excellent. I asked if she worked well with other team members. He admitted she did. I asked if he had thought about the impact of her departure on the morale of the remaining team members and the target that had been agreed with them. He had not. I asked him what he would have done if he did not have the power to fire her. And without being aware of it, he proffered solutions to his problem with this subordinate. So I asked, if those solutions could have been explored, why did he not explore them? Silence.

He did not think of them because he had the power to do as he pleased. I told him, power is a tool. It is a means to an end, not an end in itself. Because it is in your possession does not mean you should use it. Pick it up and wield it only when you need to; every other time you need to make a statement, use your mouth. And if you are the kind who uses the power that comes with your position to force respect, advance your selfish cause or show those who do not comply just how miserable you can make them; you need to get help for your crippling inferiority complex. Really.

©Naomi Lucas

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1 comment:

Freda said...

Ha ha ha! With great power comes great responsibility abi?