We all have had a manger who has less capable or as capable as us.
While having a manager who has the same capability may sound nice, it creates tension.
- Tension between the Manager & you, because the manager knows that he cannot offer and add any value to your work.
- Tension between you & the manager, because you feel constrained & frustrated that you can out-think, out-plan, and out-value your own manager plus they are getting paid more than you.
It’s rarer, unfortunately, to have a manager who is “Big Enough” to fill the role of being your manager. This manager is able to truly attract trust and unleash the team and your creativity and best work.
This happens because, the manager who is “Big Enough” is comfortable doing their own work (as a manager) and is able to let you do your best, by setting the proper context of the goals, and leaving you to do your work.
Comparing a Manager that is “Too Small” with a Manager That is “Big Enough”
|Manager “Too Small” in Competence||Manager “Big Enough” in Competence|
- Inspired by Elliott Jaques ‘Executive Leadership’
What do you think?
Have you had a manager who was “Big Enough” to fill the needed level of work? What about your work was improved because of this? Have you ever had a manager who was “Too Small” to fill the level of work? What about your work was impeded because of this? If you are a manager…how do you know that you have the necessary Managerial-Competence to be “Big Enough”?