The Importance of Being a Yes Man – How to Be a Bad Boss
Many people say that it’s not a good idea to be a yes man, but I have a different thought on this.
Do you really think your boss appreciates it when you disagree with him?
Of course not!
No Boss really wants people disagreeing with him, telling him that he’s wrong, or even worse, proving to him that he’s wrong.
This is a real no no and in short: career suicide. It’s career suicide for a couple of reasons.
- If he is wrong, it’s best not to say anything, because if he has really screwed up, the result might lead to a leadership position opening up; and
- If he’s right, by some fluke, you disagreeing with him is just going to make you look like an idiot as well piss him off, and potentially limit your career.
So all in all, the safest and best option is to always agree with your boss no matter what! And who knows, the idiot may even turn out to be right. You know what they say, “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut some day”.
However, when it comes to my team, it’s truly different, they rarely ever disagree with me.
Especially not in public, as often this results in me shouting at them and correcting them, which basically just makes them look stupid, so they know to toe the line.
Also, Yes Men always go much further in my organisation, as I know I can rely on them to do what I need without nitpicking all the time.
Why would I promote someone who constantly challenges everything I do and say, and needs to be repeatedly corrected.
Not going to happen, my time is way too short.
It’s so much easier and quicker to promote people who just know instinctively what’s right, and more importantly who’s right. 🙂
However, there are times when I do encourage a difference of opinion from my teams, but usually this is just so I can make an example of someone and have a bit of fun.
It’s a great way of teaching the new members of the team what’s expected of them. Plus I always love that look of surprise on their face when they realise just how wrong they are.
Yes Man Trailer…
Reference: Warner Brothers YES MAN starring Jim Carrey.
Disclaimer: Bad Boss is meant for amusement and the advice or recommendations should not be taken seriously. Learn about the trouble with being a Yes Man from Gordon Tredgold at the link below:
- Leadership Principles by Gordon Tredgold: The Trouble with Being a Yes Man.
- Addicted to Success by Savannah Marie: 10 Ways to Avoid Being a Yes Man.