An interesting thing about organizational structure.  Have you ever noticed that the best bosses are the ones who are doing the same job you are doing, maybe in a slightly different way, at a slightly different level, but it’s the same job.

They usually have also done your job. I think this is one of the reasons why MLM organizations tend to be more like a cult of like-minded people, because everyone from the CEO to the day one consultant is always recruiting.  These best bosses tend to be more supervisors or team leads than bosses.  If they have their own accounts and are mostly comped by those accounts, they almost always are easier on you if your accounts have been slack or your running through a rough patch, because odds are that their accounts are troubled as well, or they have gone through the same thing.

The worst bosses?  Well that’s easy, the ones who don’t do your job.  The ones who have been recruited just to crack the whip. who think they are more managers whose goal is to drive productivity by any means possible.

Sadly, It’s another catch-22 to organizational growth.   By default, for the few selected who enter into true leadership, who managing large groups, the further up the chain you go the less of a chance that you have experience in all the jobs along that chain.  By default, your only input is metrics, and then it’s all about making the numbers look better. So in your accomplishment at seniority you are stuck being the worst of bosses because there isn’t any connection to the actual job being performed by so many of the professional individual contributors.

I guess if this was a book, it’d be a tragedy because even in your success of ascension in the organization there is a sad ending in the inevitable boss you may turn out to be.

Posted by Mike Peluso

Mike Peluso writes about the collision between between the business / professional world and life. He also writes about the journey involved with the Peluso Presents efforts including the Blog, Books, and Podcast so that others may benefit from his efforts. From Mike: I spend hundreds of hours working on these articles every year with no compensation other than support I get through donations. You can support with a tip and by Subscribing to the Podcast (and writing a review on iTunes would be really appreciated as well!) One time tips:

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