For many employees, the culture of their workplace can lead to them feeling too afraid to voice their views or opinions. This can result in them feeling it better to go with the majority view and maintain the status quo rather than suggesting alternative ideas and strategies. Many employees’ mindset may be they feel their views are not ‘worthy’ to be heard.
If you work in an oppressive environment, do you want this to change? Could you be that catalyst? In this situation, would it be helpful to understand your manager’s world?
In understanding the ‘mental map’ of a leader and manager, you gain a more meaningful insight into why they behave the way they do. Maybe your leader or manager reports to someone who is condescending and patronising, or there is immense pressure to deliver results so therefore, as their role model, they follow suit. Possibly your manager faces a personal challenge which is distracting them in the workplace – any of these factors can result in a team leader failing to build good relationships with their staff.
By taking the time to understand your manager’s behaviour and perhaps gaining an insight into the causes, you can tailor your communication and exchanges with them. Some may call this ‘playing the game’ but with effective communication and knowledge of an individual’s world, it can perhaps change their attitude, resulting in a shift in that leader’s mindset and to more cohesive team working. A better working relationship with your manager also gives you the edge on opportunities to further your career if you know what they are inspired by and what will catch their eye.
It is advisable not to judge and assume why a person behaves in a certain way; for the sake of your career and its advancement and to simply be the catalyst for a more pleasant working environment, let your mindset be one that values others and their opinions as well as to value your own success, leading you to be the person that encourages open communication.
You may not be able to change the culture of the organisation overnight but it’s slowly slowly, one step at a time… You may well be the game-changer, recognising the need for a change in mindset and this can only lead to great things for both you and the organisation…
“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” Abraham Lincoln
By Kirsty Perrin
About the Author: Having been immersed in the Winning Edge principles from an early age, Kirsty’s philosophy is to be the best you can be and to enjoy what you do in life.
Kirsty knows that personal development is a continuous journey and therefore has a genuine desire and enthusiasm to help people realise their full potential, to be a success in their life-whatever that may mean to them.
Kirsty’s thought-provoking blogs, prompt readers to think consciously about how their thinking has a huge impact on their life, it informs their emotions and therefore their behaviour. Living life consciously is the cornerstone to the themes of Kirsty’s blogs. You can contact Kirsty directly here