Behavioral modeling is the most elementary way that humans learn. This means that people observe what others do and then do the same thing. If you’re not sure about that, just let a bad word slip in front of a four year-old and see what happens. It is why mentoring programs are so popular and so effective.
As a manager, this puts a pretty heavy burden on what you do all the time. Because your people watch your actions and do what they see. Then they become managers and manage as they observed. Your example and influence continues. If you have ever wondered why a crappy manager is the way they are, just ask them about managers in their past.
In today’s organizations, managers are asked to do more than is humanly possible. So being harried and impatient and taking short-cuts may seem like the only way. But the view from 10,000 feet shows that what a manager does every day is part of a very powerful legacy that stretches years into the future.
Ask yourself, “Is this the way I want my (manager) descendents to do it?”.
- Everything you do as a manager matters.
- Work for great managers and just soak it up.
- If that’s not possible, make a conscious effort to not pick up the bad habits of bad managers.
For those with a history of working for bad managers, consider coaching.
What do you think?