“The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.” ~ Annie Dillard
In my years of working with other managers I have found that some are not willing to share their knowledge with those they work with. Why? Well, I think there are many reasons, but the most common one I have found is that the manager feels they no longer will “hold power and knowledge” above the troops to be superior so they can hold their position.
If the others do not know what the manager knows then they are valuable. They feel more secure in their position. But what they do not realize is by doing this they are destroying the potential of bettering the business and the people who work there with them. And after awhile their staff, if they want to grow as an employee, will seek other employment to get the opportunity to do so.
Being in a management position has its good points and its bad ones. It is hard to grasp sometimes that by growing your staff members up and giving them more knowledge and raising their skill set actually shows that you are a great manager and the people you manage will appreciate you more and are willing to go up and beyond for the manager and the business.
The hard part about getting to this place where the manager feels secure and wants their staff to grow in knowledge and skill is the manager’s mindset. They are stuck in a mindset of the “What ifs” What if someone is better than me at something? What if people end up liking one of the staff better than me and wants them to manage? What if the boss sees someone excelling and wants to promote them?
It will take a mind-shift to get to the place where the manager can see that they are a better manager because they help their people become successful and thus the business overall is more successful.
I have coached many a manager who has been stuck in this mindset and that is why I want to help others so they can be “freed” of this mindset and not only be more successful themselves but to raise those up they work with.
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Have a great Monday!