Leading employees while ensuring that you, as a manager, achieve your goals and keep a company profitable is no easy task. There are tons of resources online on effective “leadership training” and traits that you are expected to possess/cultivate in yourself.
However, TikToker Alicia Perkins is going viral for highlighting a simple tweet that establishes the difference between “bad” and “good” managers. The Twitter post Perkins is referencing was posted by Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He is also the author of the self-help book THINK AGAIN, a #1 New York Times bestseller.
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Grant’s tweet reads, “Bad managers keep people trapped in dead end jobs. Good managers create opportunities for people to grow and advance. Great managers encourage people to strive for growth and advancement, even if it means moving to another company.” In the message, which he published on Oct. 28, 2021, he also included an image of a quote from Indra Nooyi that says , that mentors should “take sufficient care of the enrichment of their employees”, also outside their organization.
“Mentors don’t want a bond,” the quote says. “They just want to see people rise. You want to give them wings.”
It’s a sentiment Alicia echoed, explaining on the now-viral TikTok as she “held up” Grant’s tweet: “That. If your boss never talks about growth beyond the current position you’re in, that’s a red flag.”
Perkins’ TikTok started a discussion in the comments section. One user asked, “What if most people don’t have growth in their positions?”
Alicia responded that “It’s up to you to find organizations that have opportunities for growth.”
Then there are other people who aren’t necessarily interested in “growth” because it means they then have to do more work, which apparently wasn’t their concern.
“There are some like me who are good at staying in position until retirement,” wrote one viewer. “Growth = more work, no thanks.”
Other commenters noted that they have dealt with “toxic” bosses in the past who didn’t take their job mobility into account.
“I left a company and was trying to find growth paths for my employees, but the new person trying to take over just promoted their best friend instead, so…” explained one user.
“I’m 3 months into my job and already ready to go. They want us to do more but give 50 cents – $1 raise. They don’t let people call, no show. Why bother,” said another.
“They sponsor who they want to sponsor. It’s always been like this,” claimed a third.
“Also don’t try to tell me we’re family,” added another.
However, there were some who shared stories of bosses looking out for them.
“My current boss promoted me to a better position when she saw that I was bored and overqualified,” said one viewer.
“Mine is great, but the company would rather invest in her than in her department. I’m ready to go,” commented another.
Some said that workers really need to ‘stand up’ for themselves and that the duty to achieve upward mobility also rests with workers.
“And it’s not a one-way street either — you have to be your own advocate/cheerleader and communicate what your goals are,” said one user.
“My boss said, would you like me to train as my successor after 2 months of my entry? She is the head of the department many positions away,” shared a second.
Elevate Network notes that one of the many traits that great managers share is a proven ability to “invest in others”. That also seems likely to consist of making sure their employees are enriched in their jobs and have a career path that fulfills them.
The Daily Dot reached out to Alicia for further comment via TikTok.
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*Initial publication: June 11, 2022 at 10:02 am CDT
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