I had an unpleasant experience recently with a large corporate entity – well actually, one person within the organization. It reminded me of how common it is for large companies to misuse their “buying power” and to treat their suppliers as “vendors” rather than people. In my 25 year career, I’ve been on both sides of the table, and I’ve probably behaved in a bully fashion at one time or another. Of course, there is no better teacher than having the treatment done unto you. It’s the golden rule working in reverse.
So motivated leaders, here’s something to think about:
- Your Reputation. Does your behavior at work reflect that kind of leader you desire to be? Would your children be proud of you?
- Your Relationships. Will your actions and delivery style help to build up or break down important relationships at work and at home?
- Your Results. What impact will your behavior actually have on your results? Do you operate from a results through people leadership philosophy or is it results at all costs?
- Your Outlet. Are you using the right outlet to vent and work off your stress? Perhaps physical exercise versus email ziggers or personal attacks might be a more effective (and less damaging) stress outlet?
While there a probably no prizes for being a Corporate Saint, there is no excuse for being a corporate bully. The good news is that you can change your behavior. Accept the leader. Change the behavior.