Dan McCarthy authors a blog dedicated to leadership development called Great Leadership. Recently he posted a series of questions and scenarios and asked people to repost and respond.
As a result, I decided to try something a little different with 4 of the manager dilemmas he included. Below are the 4, but I am not going to spell out how I would respond. Instead I would like to start an ongoing discussion in the comment section below.
Here are the 4 scenarios:
- Two of your employees come to you with a complaint about another one of your employees. You’ve never personally observed the behavior they are complaining about. Do you confront the employee? If so, do you mention the complaints?
- Your manager congratulates you for a brilliant suggestion and hints at a promotion. One of your employees gave you the idea. Do you mention this to the manager? Your manager is upset because the sales forecast you gave has errors. You delegated the forecast to one of your sales reps. Do you blame her?
- Is it ever OK for a manager to be friends with their employees?
- You’ve accidentally been given access to your employee’s email accounts. You see your name in the subject line of several emails. Do you peek?
So, you’re the manager…how do you respond?