Being Part of the Team, Not Above the Team

This morning while I was driving to work I was listening to the Colin Cowherd podcast.  During his show he was talking about some of the different companies that he’s worked for over the years.  He said that throughout the course of his career he’s worked for five large corporations (Fox, Disney/ESPN, etc.).  At four of the companies he really appreciated upper management and thought that they did a great job.  However, the boss at one of the companies was not great to work for and was disliked by many.

So what made this particular boss so bad to work for?  According to Cowherd he wasn’t really a part of the team.  While everyone who worked there generally wore business casual attire without ties, the boss always wore a $4,000 suit and tie, and pulled up to work in his immaculate Mercedes; he made it a point to be “above” them.

Cowherd said that one day the company decided to resurface the parking lot, so the boss sent out a memo to everyone asking them to park in the nearby neighborhood for the next several days, and to avoid the parking lot.  A day or two later, while walking from his car parked on the street in the nearby neighborhood to the office building, Cowherd noticed one car parked in the temporary closed lot, which had not yet been re-cleared for parking.  You guessed it, the car was that immaculate Mercedes owned by the big boss.  At the moment, Cowherd said, the boss lost all kinds of credibility and respect from him and his other co-workers.  They already didn’t like him, but that event epitomized why nobody liked working for him.

Cowherd contrasted that boss with other bosses/CEO’s he’s worked for.  The good one’s knew his name, spend the time to talk to him, and even asked for his opinion on various aspects of the company.  They often dressed liked their team members, and wouldn’t necessarily be picked out of the crowd as “the big boss.”  In short, they were a part of the team, not above the team.  If you’re in a position of management, take the time to evaluate how you come across to the rest of your team.  Are you a part of the team, or have you set yourself to be “above” the team?

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