Being a manager is a tough job. Not only are they accountable for their own work but also for the outputs of their team. Sure, such accountability is part and parcel of a manager’s role; however a commonly expressed concern of managers is that while they are held accountable for the results of their team they feel that they don’t have the commensurate managerial authorities. For some managers this leads to frustration, disengagement and even despair at being able to perform their job competently. Let’s explore this in more detail.
Scenario 1 - “I have employees appointed to my team without having any input in to it”.
Does this scenario ring true in any organisations for which you have worked?
The manager’s manager: “Hey I just wanted a quick word with you. Our General Manager has a niece who has just completed her master’s degree in philosophy and he asked me if she could join your team and learn the ropes”.
Manager: “Well I don’t have any vacancies in my team right now and I am not sure how someone’s philosophy qualifications are really the right fit for an IT team – it’s very specialised work you know”.