Exercising control November 14, 2008Posted by rickbron in Achieving goals, Bronder On People, Getting what you want, Management, Performance issues, Self reflection.
Tags: control, dominant, domineering, leadership, managing, over control
It is difficult to be in charge. There are responsibilities and pressures to control. The Big Dogz know that if we push the control lever too far we become Domineering and the result is reduced productivity, increased costs and more stress. On the other hand, if we do not control what is going on, we will often fail to accomplish our goals.
I propose we look at two ends of the control continuum — Domineering and Dominant. These words mean different things to different people, so I want to make this distinction for this discussion:
Domineering means pushing your personal agenda and wanting to control every action of others.
Dominant means exercising influence or control, usually through leadership.
Domineering managers rarely succeed. Of course, there are exceptions to this statement, but in general, if you use a Domineering style, you will always achieve less. What are some of the signs that you may be a Domineering manager?
- You are working excessive hours.
- You personally do the most critical jobs.
- You have frequent stressful conflicts (outbursts) during the day.
- You use micro-management as a way to make sure things get done.
- Morale in your group is low.
- You believe your people are “not up to the challenge.”
- You have to make all the decisions.
You get the picture. There are many things going wrong. There are only a few people you can count on to help you achieve your goals.
Dominant managers rarely fail! Again, there are exceptions to this statement, but in general, if you use a Dominant style, you will always achieve more. Besides the opposite of the Domineering manager signs, what are some other signs you may be a Dominant manager?
- People give you feedback on your performance as the manager.
- Your people are getting awards, recognition and promotions.
- People in your department are proactive in solving problems.
- People make suggestions to you on how the department can be more efficient or effective.
- Your people know exactly what result you expect of them.
- People are exercising creativity in developing processes that are streamlined.
- There is a waiting list of people wanting to join your department.
You get the picture. There are many things going right. There are many people you can count on to help you achieve your goals.
The signs are clear. The choice is yours.
Sometimes we do not achieve the results we want and we find someone or something to excuse it away. The problem may be in your style. I have created an assessment to help you determine if you are more Domineering or more Dominant. Please download it and take it yourself, then get three people to validate your self-assessment.
When you have a validated assessment, use it to create an action plan on how you can be more effective as a manager. If you send me your action plan, I will include your actions into a future blog on how to become a more Dominant manager.