If people quit their managers and NOT their jobs, then do people stay at their jobs BECAUSE of their managers?
Just yesterday I met an employee who is a diesel mechanic and said he had been working with the company for two years. He told me that his pay was average and he could probably make more for his expertise elsewhere.
Then he dropped the real reason he was still there. He said his boss and the owners were such nice people to work with. They were also supportive, helpful and a pleasure to work for. He and I both agreed that we would rather make less income with a good leader than more income with someone who was unfair or dishonest.
“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision of the leader”—John Maxwell
Another story out of the business world is told from a woman who made a costly mistake to the tune of a million dollars which, if found out, would have resulted in her termination. When she told her boss about it, he took the blame for the mistake because “it happened on his watch” although he was not directly involved with the mistake. She kept her position, he took the blame, and that leader was never forgotten.
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Our whole group loved the session and talked about it for the next few days. In fact we still have fun with the color thing.
We’ve been fortunate to have Bill Gallagher at our last two conferences. Bill brings a professional and non-threatening approach to his team-building workshops.
Our staff gave the workshop high marks because what we learned could be applied to both the personal and professional aspects of our lives. The material was though provoking without being threatening.