by Tim Connor, CSP
It is common for people to want to be considered indispensable in their jobs. After all, the competition is out there, the younger generation is more numerous and demanding. The challenge is to be constantly building your value to your organization because of personal integrity, humility, and creativity.
Look at the more common picture. Managers who feel they are indispensable often behave in ways that are contrary to their organization's success. Their goals, decisions, actions, and personality styles seem to communicate that no one can manage the roles and responsibilities of their department better then they can. They feel that without them, their organization or department would fail miserably. This is often the height of an out-of-control ego, arrogance, ignorance and/or any combination of these factors. It can also be caused by poor self-image or insecurity.
This style of management can often be seen in a "my way or the highway'" corporate culture. The negative impact of a manager with this outlook isn't a pretty picture. To believe you are indispensable is totally naive. If this "lone giant" attitude is a part of your psyche, I recommend you consider the following:
On the other hand, smart managers and leaders who truly make themselves indispensable will constantly build their value by staying on top of their game and enlarging the vision of their own future. To do this, they will:
Make yourself indispensable and you'll be moved up.
Act as if you are indispensable and you'll be moved out.
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