This is a question and a discussion on a topic I feel is pretty controversial even in my own office. There are many different management techniques and leadership styles that exist in a work environment especially the bigger the business gets. I have my own employee management style and leadership that I have developed while working with others. I’ll talk about the technique that I prefer to use and which one I prefer not to see myself.
My favorite leadership technique I simply call the “Pull” technique, there may be other words for it but this is how I think of it. When you need an employee to do something you have a chance to pull them to what you need done or push them to what you need done. An example of “pulling” would be to ask them to do a project then lend a helping hand to complete the project with them or lead by doing the project yourself before turning it over to completed. An example of “pushing” would simply be telling them to do it with no expectation of training them, aiding them, showing them, or leading them; just having them do the work simply because you told them to.
I find this philosophy and style to be a bit repulsive. During my times of being employed by others I always found my pride in my work when I enjoyed working with the employer. When I felt my work was appreciated and I was being lead a specific way, not demanded because I’m the boss mentality. When I was approached with a “I’m the boss, do what I told you because I said so” mentality it often showed in my dedication to the task at hand or the quality in the work that was completed.
This is why I believe that a “pull” type of mentality should be used most often. Employees that earn your respect are more willing to work with you and pour in dedication, pride, and their time than employees who have to respect you.
What are your thoughts on this type of leadership? Do any of you thing that it should be a “push” type relationship at all times? What are some examples where you have been the employee and respected or worked harder due to the leadership in your work environment?