Kouzes and Posner Reading
Nathan â€“ (Kouzes and Posner) I appreciate your questions. The task of asking ourselves if we work in an environment that is demoralized and uninspired is something we should question frequently, especially if we are in a position of leadership.
Surely, a difficult task lies in situations where we are not in a position of leadership and recognize we feel demoralized/uninspired. Couple this scenario with a "managerâ€? (head of the department) that is physically present, but interactively absent. The said manager avoids conflict, speaks through notes, and only communicates when someone needs to be reprimanded. There are never words of praise, appreciation or encouragement, because typically there are never words. In this scenario, most employees DO walk around the office like their favorite pet died. When I read Kouzes and Posner, I related!
What to do to promote change? An innovative leader would turn the table on the supervisor. I would strive for opportunities for open dialogue with this manager. Praise when I recognize his/her personal or professional achievements. In this situation, I could envision that perhaps the supervisor feels uninspired or demoralized. My goal would be to empower this supervisor with hopes that he/she would feel inspired to share with his/her employees.