These guys do a lot of damage. They stifle future leaders, can undermine confidence, create poor work culture, foster non-learning, and can delay personal and professional development. They are killers of creativity, drain productivity, choke self-expression, stifle new opportunities and the advantages that come from innovation… huge negative affects on the business, its people, its customers!
It is just plain bad leadership and management. And it is not unusual for that “style” to be recognized in the broader organization. That style can be characterized by talent loss and employee turnover.
If you have a manager/supervisor working for you who is controlling, make a change. If you work for one… look for a way out, don’t stay too long… controlling managers won’t help you much in the short or long term and can be very poor career developers.
If you have no choice, if you like the company, the best thing you can do is build your reputation in the organization which just might open new opportunities, despite your current situation.
- Look for teamwork projects.
- Everyone’s work impacts other departments… get out there and do some customer service work; make yourself and your capabilities known!
- Possibly sponsor some community project work.
- Make sure you do a good job of managing and documenting your objectives and performance. If your boss does not, here is some related information: https://successnexcess.com/2018/04/09/talent-management-pay-for-performance-p4p-performance-management-process/
- Find a manager or leader you respect and cultivate a coach and mentor relationship. This is best done outside your department.
- Above all, act.
In the end it is all learning and time eventually changes everything, and, good boss/bad boss, you can learn from both.
If you one of “those” managers, here is some advice: https://www.mindful.org/micromanager-mindful-counterproductive/
“Join a company, quit a boss!”
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