A recent survey by staffing and outsourcing consultant Hudson illuminates two very different viewpoints when it comes to how employees view their managers. The survey of 1,854 workers found that 67% of employees say they work for a good boss. The rest say their bosses could stand to improve, with 10% calling their bosses lousy leaders. The managers saw things in a slightly different light. Approximately 92% of bosses interviewed ranked themselves as good or excellent when it comes to managing people.
Maybe American novelist Jessamyn West was right when she said “We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don’t, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.” It sounds like there are quite a few managers who are refusing to accept the idea that they may not be doing as great a job as they think.