Is Your Manager a Coward?
Does this sound familiar?
Unfortunately, I see this today in the Accounting industry much more than I saw it as a young engineer in the Construction industry. Good insights from Liz, though:
I’ve been to hundreds of leadership workshops. Very seldom if ever do we talk about managerial integrity.
We don’t talk about how easy it is to knuckle under and go along with whatever the higher-up bosses tell us to do, and how hard it is to tell the truth in the moment. That’s the most important part of being a manager!
It’s easy to wimp out and implement a policy that a higher-up manager gives you to follow, even if the policy makes no sense and will ultimately hurt your business. It’s easier to go along, but it’s wrong. It’s cowardly.
If you work for a cowardly manager, you’re in the wrong job. You can complain to your spouse or your cat about your bad situation at work, but the responsibility to fix it lies with you.
You have to get a new job or take on the thankless task of helping your manager see how his or her cowardly ways are hurting your team, your company, the company’s customers and shareholders and your manager him- or herself.
The first step is to see that you’re spinning your wheels working for a wimpy manager whose ethical compass is out of whack. Here are the signs (using masculine pronouns for readability):
Five Signs Your Manager Is a Coward
- If It Comes from Above, I’m Good with It
- He Apologizes for Wimping Out, Even While He’s Doing It
- He Tells Everybody What They Want to Hear
- I’m Not Risking Political Capital for Anyone!
- He’ll Throw You or Anyone Under the Bus
Remember that only the people who get you, deserve you. Why not go find the people who get you, starting right now?
My two cents-
As the Millennial Accountant, make sure that those leading you are actually helping you get the speed/distance you want out of your career for all the fuel you’re putting into it.
Wimpy managers need not apply.