A boss insisted I’d “be a team player” by signing a time sheet for a person I knew was not at work for all the hours claimed. I politely declined, and then my boss tried controlling me with anger, and pounded on his desk, and said his job title meant he could do what he “damn well pleased!” I respectfully replied, “That may be so, but not above my signature.”
Two-Dimensional’s Ruin Resources with “Us vs. Them” Dynamics
I advised him, “It’s going to be very challenging for me to maintain discipline among the twenty people I supervised, in more than a dozen offices, if people know that others have special relationships to not be at work while getting paid for it.”
The Three-Dimensional Leader contains tips for how to deal with bosses who care little about the organization’s mission. One strategy is to report as high above your bad boss as possible. This, however, is risky for three reasons:
- People assume that integrity accompanies bigger job titles, so they will tend to believe your boss over you.
- The boss usually has a stronger relationship with the people above you both, and has more access and opportunity to “spin” the story to suit his/her preferences.
- Your boss can charge you with insubordination, so you had better document conversations and prepare to present as much evidence as possible, because you may need them to defend yourself.
The Three-Dimensional Context of “We” All Are In This Together
MRC focused leaders make teams tick, vs. ticking them off! They avoid letting others leverage relationships to cloud objective judgment and obtain special favors. Three-dimensional leaders treat all with the same standards, and thus overcome and avoid these dysfunctions and foibles.