The way employer-employee relations ought to be
This is a great way to view the relationship with a boss or a manager, because it emphasizes what you want to impart on your staff — that you’re ALL at your best when you bring your vision and approach to your boss — and then work with them on what you all should be doing.
Yes, my short-sighted former boss didn’t understand that managing up is REALLY a good thing, and Sukhinder Singh Cassidy makes a great point when she frames it as “do you want to manage me, or me to manage you?” It’s clear that her employees feel empowered to work with her and help her see where things should be going.
Out of that kind of collegial collaboration, good things almost always happen.
This is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to smart leadership. What Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is advocating for is a highly collaborative management style, and it makes for a very fulfilling boss-employee relationship that the entire operation benefits from.
And for all the Millennials on your team, it’s how they generally prefer to work. Yes, you’ll play to that too — if you can embrace this savvy leadership philosophy.
Wanted: capable people with a little humility, too
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy also has some interesting insights on hiring, and here’s what she told The New York Times when she was asked “How do you hire?“
I love really smart people, but I love really smart people who are focused on the good of the company before themselves. That gets my respect like nothing else. It’s a unique combination to find somebody who is so capable and smart, but has some level of humility about their place in the entire ecosystem. I’ve dealt with a lot of people who are really smart, but it’s all about them. And that’s a very frustrating place for me.
I also always ask people what drains their energy, and what gives them energy. That tells me a lot about what people like to do and what they’re good at.”
In my experience, humility isn’t a quality that jumps out in the hiring process, because recruiters and hiring managers seem to always be looking for people with lots of confidence, energy, and enthusiasm, and these aren’t qualities that humble people usually latch on to.
But, the good news is that people with humility can spread that quality through your entire workforce. When they do, everyone on your staff will be better for it.
The big surprise here is that there is a business leader out there talking about humility, as a positive employee trait we should be hiring for, featured in the pages of The New York Times.
That’s a positive trend in today’s incredibly negative media landscape, and should be something that makes readers AND business leaders everywhere sit up and pay attention.