A monopoly of ideas
Why do some managers think they are the only people who have good ideas? Okay, maybe they don’t think that way, but they certainly act like it.
Here are some obvious behaviour display of this weakness:
- Do they automatically reject any big idea they have not had themselves?
- Do they always want to tweak something, even if it is the work of experts in a field they know nothing about?
- Do they only accept something you say when enough other people agree with you?
- When they have a dumb idea does it take a superhuman effort (possibly involving lots of you) to dissuade them from it?
- Do they claim other people’s ideas as their own?
- Do they genuinely forget that the idea was someone else’s and truly believe it was theirs?
A decent manager has to learn to spot this behaviour in themselves and stop it from happening. If they don’t do it themselves then it is unlikely anyone will be bold enough to point it out to them.