Today I was reading a blog on how we should lead with compassion and not authority. Our goal should be development of our team/subordinates.It led me thinking how peculiar work environment in public sector enterpirse (PSE), the type of organisation where I work, is better suited for this kind of leadership.
As we say, there are 1-2 typical things about a PSE.
-Horses and donkeys, meaning smart-workers and shirkers get equal treatment. Smart workers don’t get any special facilities, nor do shirkers get any punishment.
-Pays and perks are exactly the same, irrespective of the amount of work you put in.
-Promotions are time-bound. What matters more at senior levels is your connections etc. So a mediocre executive with networking skills has as good chances of promotion as an excellent executive.
-Transfers are also for those not well connected.
Now if you consider these and other factors, I don’t have much to motivate me. And it’s any fool’s guess that the same applies to my juniors.
So what do we do, keep working like machines without any aspirations, hopes, expectations, just rewards and all that.
NO, that is where the first line of this post comes. These conditions or obstacles which seem hampering growth, can be converted to opportunities.
If I don’t play politics knowing well that it hardly matters either way. If I don’t go running around grabbing credit for junior”s work knowing that it matters not. If I don’t suck up to seniors instead I work sincerely for mental peace. If I am not egoistic, don’t throw my weight around, literally and otherwise, don’t treat juniors as machines and tools, then I may already have made a good start.
Let me put it in other words. By doing all this, I will be motivating myself by getting the real happiness of developing and mentoring my juniors, and my juniors will be hopefully happy to have a really caring and different boss.
Had I been in a private firm with cut-throat competition, backbiting, backstabbing, ratrace and all that, you can’t be a genuine caring and sincere boss. Unless ofcourse in C-suite.
I am saying this and will try to practice it now that I know its true worth. But irony is today only unwittingly I did the reverse. Actually ever since my appraisal rating has been downgraded, I have been a little bit edgy or maybe confused. Today happy was showing final proof of inhouse magazine to boss, and without being sure of it (though I had an inkling that she might be in doing that, and I hesitated also for a second, before entering boss’ room. Had it been pre-downgrading I would have not gone in even if I had 10 % inkling, as I would have wanted her to take credit for the job we did together). But I went in. Moreover while boss was perusing the magazine, I butted in at places. She did not seem to mind overtly at least. But I felt bad at my un-me behaviour. So, note to myself to avoid this in future.
Let me see if I can maintain this.