Can you Manager? The most sensible answer is: "Depends on it." Of expectations, especially on the part of the employees. Of readiness, especially of the leaders. Of role definitions that list entitlements, expectations, rights and obligations.

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Chief role in change

Rolling definitions are subject to historical changes. With a traditional core (conventions), time-phenomena flow into them. This keeps them mobile.

spiegeln reflect values ​​and norms and provide information about what is considered necessary and important as well as desirable and undesirable.

Leadership as a teamwork

Also, leadership roles are such a kind of community work. The current movement in the role and function determination mainly have the following effect:

Professionals of diverse backgrounds (eg psychologists, educators, organizational and working sociologists), corporate members who more or less change role definitions through their socio-cultural character, their preferences, aversions and demands, and thirdly, views on the conditions for successful corporate governance.

Is there an ideal boss?

The quoted question with the horrible grammar comes from an article in the Wirtschaftswoche and can actually only be answered with a “Depends on it”. Usually, however, people pretend that the answer is once and for all clear. Behind this is the assumption that there is an “ideal” boss.


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This means that regardless of context factors such as personal and social factors, qualities of the employees and the order, the following applies: The boss, who follows certain rules, is a good boss, for every employee. This is, of course, naive.

10 bids for the ideal boss?

In ten “rules” the author of the said article, editor Daniel Rettig, declines what “good”, even “brilliant” managers can (should) do. The rules show the historical dimension of the role definition as well as the zeitgeist factor based on assumed expectations on the employee side.

Plus, the rule wording gives a nice example of where Psychology What works in the background is how they can be hidden and how much psychological knowledge can be simplified.

Suggestive effect on the reader

The fleeting reader rarely escapes the suggestive effect, which should lead to an affirmative nod by the reader. Don't be put off by the clumsy "you" in the imperatives - psychologically it should help to feel addressed.

So these are the things a good boss should ideally be able to do. Since this is quite critical, I have now looked at these 10 bids for bosses a little closer and more critical.

Chefs are still needed

It is quite clear: despite Web 2.0 bosses are still needed. Networking options and supposedly mature employees emphasize in practice the need for line functions (management) and management trades.

Even under the label of “post-heroic management”, this has so far been questioned rather rhetorically and provocatively. The senior objectives In employee management, maturity and independence, personal responsibility and self-management are called.

New role pictures for bosses?

For several years, terms such as leader, moderator, process facilitator, mentor, Training and change manager. Recently, the role of the mainly psychologizing helper has been added.

This places the personality and its development in the center. Leaders therefore need to open additional roll facets. But these role models should by no means be adopted uncritically, but considered more closely. Therefore, I want to tell you something about the 10 bids for bosses - what exactly is this?

The 10 bids for bosses aufgedröselt

  1. "You should be a role model!" This includes loud Articles "Authenticity" and self-reflection. Exemplary and authentic managers are “aware of their own strengths and weaknesses”, “are open to positive and negative information”, act “according to their values ​​and ideas” and are “honest with others”.
  2. “You should let employees have a say!” This appeal to voice is aimed at the “feeling” of employees “that their opinion counts when making important decisions - especially if they have an immediate impact on their everyday work.”
  3. "You should grant freedom!" This is about the “sovereignty” of “bosses”, giving employees options to “develop” personality and “creativity” in a climate of “trust”.
  4. “You should set goals for employees!” Goals are a prerequisite for the possibility of meaningfulness, success experiences, planned action, orientation as well as help “to arrange the daily priorities better and to become more productive”. For this purpose, “goals both individually and collectively” should be set “in order to increase engagement and team spirit”.
  5. "You should be a coach!" Because "Feedback plays a vital role in keeping employees productive ”. In short: "People try harder when they expect quick feedback."
  6. “You should value performance!” This call is aimed at public recognition such as awards. In order to spur them on, awarding and selection criteria should be “transparent and justifiable” for all members of the company.
  7. "You shall Error allow!" Errors as an opportunity - for learning, for commitment, for experimentation, for competence growth and for an open, constructive error culture. Mistakes can be made - just not the same twice.
  8. "You should be consistent!" We are talking about a consistent, person-independent, reliable and therefore expected repertoire of reactions from the manager, especially when praising and reprimanding. (No nose factor!)
  9. "You should listen!" Listening should follow the “active listening” mode, which includes, among other things, “observing your counterpart attentively, letting them finish and asking open W questions (who, how, what, when) and understanding your counterpart signal. Only then does the person concerned feel taken seriously. ”
  10. "You should endure the truth!" In order to avoid possible hubris (“self-confidence turns into overconfidence and arrogance”), “good” and “brilliant” managers collect critical feedback and deal with “the truth” “confidently” even when it “hurts”.

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