I have been fortunate to spend time in Chicago with Dr. Janet L. Szumal and Dr. Robert A. Cooke of Human Synergistics learning more about how to support managers to become more effective by aligning their capabilities with the organization’s vision, values and strategies.
We all know managers directly influence the thinking, behaviour, and performance of the people around them. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, directly or indirectly, managers motivate or drive people to behave in certain ways.
Most managers would like their staff and colleagues to view them as positive contributors to the organization’s vision and goals, leading productive and effective teams. They want to be seen as trustworthy, influential, good problem solvers and effective at moving the organization forward.
Yet it’s a familiar lament that people do not leave organizations; they leave their bosses. For example, in a 2006 study by Florida State University more than 40% of respondents indicated that they worked for “bad bosses”.