Bosses play a very important role in our career success. They bring with them an indisputable power to swing things, feed higher responsibilities, channelize the path for professional development, etc.,
It’s an old saying that “You can’t choose your parents”. It holds good for bosses too in most of the cases; unless you absolutely follow a person of your choice, to all the way wherever he goes & be a part of his team.
While you may not get to make the choice, you sure can figure out whether he is the right man to work for. And if not, then the choice to walk away without having to blindly decide & then regret later. All with the help of an one line question!
Let’s imagine an interview scene where after answering all the scrutiny questions meant for checking your fitment to the job, you finally get a chance to ask back a few questions if any.
How about putting your prospective manager through this one simple test?
“Who is the top performer in your team and why do you call him so?”
If he’s able to answer the question in how much ever possible objective terms, then he’s your man. Join his team and pledge yourself towards personal development & growth.
“The best performer in my team is the one who translated the product advantage in almost 100% of the customer interaction”
“The best performing resource in my team genuinely focused on customer satisfaction in 100% of her efforts”
As a benefit of doubt, if you don’t get an objective reply such as above in the first instance, then you can add a followup question asking him to give an example of his initial answer.
On the contrary, if he describes his best performer using jargon, vague theory & high sounding words, then it’s an early warning sign!
“The best performer in my team is someone who is a rock, taking everything on his plate, dreamt the dreams to make great things, aspired to leave a legacy and knitted the entire team as one family”.
If this is his answer, then he is most likely one of the below:
- Worship seeker
- Data Agnostic & subjective decision maker
- Favoritism oriented
- Lacking clarity or vision for his team
- Lacking skill sets to lead a team
- A bench warmer himself
You can’t make a career out of being a part of his team, but you atleast got this information sooner than later so you can play with your choices better.
Know your boss to know your future in that company