Glass Ceiling Based on Caring About People
I just read an interesting article from Harvard Business Review which reported on a study around who hits the glass ceiling in business. In that study, it showed that people with “communal” styles of leading are less successful in receiving promotions because they aren’t assertive or independent enough to reach the top.
If you are to lead change in business, I believe you should never assign either/or thinking around whether to be “agentic” (asserive and independent) or caring about people when you are growing your leaders. In order for a leader to be successful, they need to be both – assertive, independent, and people oriented.
Caring about others does not negate the need to run the business – it is a business. Caring about your employees and peers gets them involved, and helps them feel valued. When they feel valued, they are more committed and accountable for achieving results. When they are asked for their input, and you show that you give meaning to their input, they will be innovative and energized to do their very best. In the long run, the business wins.
I think this article missed the mark – why ask people to create roles (slightly schizophrenic) for work and home? Leaders should be authentic, and I would much prefer to see them know how to merge both sides of this equation into a viable and effective style.
Georgia Feiste, owner of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a personal growth and transitions coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. Georgia specializes in career, business and personal life transitions for people seeking change in their life. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. Georgia can be reached at (402) 304-1902 or you can schedule a 30 minute consultation via Automated Appointment.