Leadership and collaboration are not always synonymous with democracy and broad consensus: even when the management style is oriented towards sharing, business decisions may not be in line with your ideas.
It happens – and also often – that after hearing all the opinions, preferences and recommendations of the team – including yours – the boss still decides to proceed in the opposite way, making a decision that you do not share.
And, even worse, you’ll have to take care of, making sure you get the project done successfully.
Disagreement and responsibility: can you imagine something more frustrating?
Decisions not shared: here’s how to overcome disappointment
The first spontaneous reaction could be to refuse: you do not agree with the position, you have made it clear, yet your boss has decided to go ahead and ignore your recommendation anyway.
Well, then he’s on his own! This attitude, however, is not constructive and, often, not even justified. Who says you are right?
Don’t get impulsive and think: if you have chosen to fill the position you are in, you probably trust the ‘company you work for and have an estimate of your boss. Isn’t that right? And then, net of this episode, maybe it’s time to look around you.
If you have shared the choices made by the senior manager so far, abandon the presumption: there is a good chance that the decision made, despite your dissent, is the right one and that the people at the top have had valid reasons to proceed.
Trust the experience of those who guide you and treasure their ideas to improve and to continue learning.
After all, if a professional you esteem has expressed a clear opinion, he probably believes in what he does and will have valid reasons. Which ones?
It’s up to you to find out – use this episode to analyze the situation with a critical eye. Are you missing something? Are there any exogenous or endogenous factors that you have not considered? What are the strategic or tactical implications of the action to be taken? What are the possible consequences and impacts on the business?
Convinced? It is time to act
Truly believing in your task is essential for a quality result.
If the senior manager has asked you to take care of the business and make your resources available, know that bring the team on board asking them to take on the task you don’t even believe in, risks spreading a negative feeling. The group will feel your distance from the project and will feel the lack of involvement: do not expect, therefore, an outstanding result.
Is trusting management blindly always the right choice?
In part: if something does not fully convince you, reserve the right to evaluate its pros and cons and to draw up the points that you think are critical. Keep this list tight: when the big boss asks you to “do it!” having a clear idea of what the possible obstacles are will be important to prevent, together with the group, road accidents and to have the keys to overcome them immediately in your pocket.
Discipline, smartness and trust: also educate your team to know how to manage situations where their boss (i.e. you) issues unshared orders. It might always come in handy.