(This is Part 4 in the “There’s a ME in Team” series. Read Part 3 here.)
I hear it just about every week, and if I don’t hear it, all I have to do is probe a little. “I dislike/hate/do not enjoy my boss.” People tell me a lot about their work, and somebody somewhere is going to say something akin to this quote. My guess is that most workplace gossip and drama is about the boss. I heard recently that most people would opt for a new boss over a better paycheck.
Dominators Reduce Performance and Productivity
What if you’re the boss? What if the gossip and drama is about you? Hmmm…
Maybe you’re OK with that, because the masses are being paid to do their work, and frankly you don’t care what they think of you. Fine. I already don’t like you, and you don’t care. Yet. But I bet you’d start to care if I could convince you that your posture is costing you productivity. Lots of it.
Teams don’t consistently perform well when their leaders don’t support them. When a leader is a DOMINATOR they bring high challenge but low support, and their posture builds a workplace environment where productivity is suppressed. If people don’t like their boss and trust his or her intentions, it’s very unlikely that they’ll bring their best.
How to Bring Support
The “me” in team needs to bring both support and challenge, and if you’re a DOMINATOR by nature, I want you to do something about it. I want you to bring support. How?
- Say something encouraging, even when I don’t deserve it.
- Applaud me, not just my performance.
- Supply me with necessary resources.
- Learn something about me and my personal life.
- Demonstrate some humility.
There are tons of ways to bring support. I’m not asking you to bring less challenge; I’m only asking you to bring support. You could even ask me. “I don’t want to consistently be a DOMINATOR. I want to be a LIBERATOR. How can I bring you more support?”
You argue: “But it’s not my nature!” Exactly. If you want the team to win, you’ll work to bring support.
I still don’t like you. But I’ll give you a chance.
Next time: How to bring challenge.