Are you familiar with the song, “The Wind Beneath My Wings”, by Bette Midler? Quite touching actually. “It must have been cold there in my shadow…to never have sunlight on your face.” That’s how the song starts. It is about someone who is soaring high up in the sky (figuratively, of course) while something or someone is pushing him up…the wind beneath his wings.
As a boss, I sometimes feel that way…flying high above the sky while my subordinates underneath me are pushing me up, up and away! Obviously, they are there to support me. What else do they need to do? I sometimes think of myself as the Queen and they are my peasants, waiting for something to do while I bask in glory, idolized by many. My colleagues ask, “How do you do it?” and I say, “Well, you know me, that’s my expertise.”
I can’t tell the CEO that it was Jerry who did that fabulous presentation to the client that saved the day; or it was Marta who thought of the marketing strategy that increased sales by 30%. Oh no, that would be the start of the end of my career. Would I give upper management the chance to think of me as the no good middle manager? Ha! I’m wiser than that. At least, I pretend to be.
I know my limits and my capabilities. That’s why my team is there. To make up for what I don’t have. Don’t know what marketing strategies to present to the Management Committee? Ask Jerry. How do I explain the inclusions of that contract and their relevance to the project? There’s Bob. And the wonderful sales funnel, who did that? Of course not me! But it doesn’t matter. What matters is I’m the one who presented those to the gods that be of the company; those people who decide who will get the promotion and that whopping salary increase and bonuses.
Hmmm, I wonder who that lucky gal will be? You guessed it right! That lucky gal who would get the whopping salary increase, bonuses and that wonderful promotion would be me! Every time is my time to shine. It would just confuse Mr. CEO and President if I tell them who did what. He doesn’t need to know. Does he?
Well, that’s how it is at the office…my office where I am the boss. That’s just too bad for those little peasants of mine. They have to do better than what they’re doing right now to fly higher than me. I’m just too smart to let them take credit. For now, they just have to settle as the “wind beneath my wings”.
Disclaimer: Bad Boss posts are meant to be humorous and should not be taken seriously. Some interesting articles on taking credit for others work: