Do the Permissive Approach Hampers Leadership?

Being a boss isn’t easy. Being a boss is not the same as being a leader! Every person has a different approach when it comes to managing the team and getting the best out of all employees. You can be an autocratic or a permissive boss. And everything in between. Below I’m discussing nowadays company boss dressed as a permissive and conscious leader, causes more harm to the employees. 

An autocratic boss prefers to make all decisions, stay in touch with employees and maintain distance with them. Is direct and always keeps the distance. 

One the other hand, a permissive boss prefers to be politically correct with employees and leave the decision making on the team. 

Both are different ways to manage the operations, but being an overly friendly boss has its own problems and threats in the organization. 

If someone prefers to be politically correct is not an offence, but gradually it starts covering up the actual feeling and wrecks the relationship in the long term. Modern bosses assume that being overly nice or friendly with employees will help them to motivate. Though not giving the right feedback or staying tough with employees is useful in the long run to improve motivation, hard work and maintain the employer’s image too.

For years we have learned to differentiate between a boss-employee relationship and a casual relationship. There are pros and cons of crossing the boundaries of formal and casual relationships. One of the pros of treating employees with political correctness is that it becomes tough for employees to rebel or disobey the orders. On the contrary, when the boss-employee line is crossed there are chances that employees start taking the work and boss for granted. 

The millennial boss might think that the old way to treat employees is not worth it as the cold behaviour of the boss always encourages employees to rebel and they might end up losing a good employee. They think that it is good to be politically correct with your employees and knowing them on a personal level, helps to improve understanding and support with one another. This seems perfectly fine initially, but gradually bosses find themselves stuck in the rut when employees keep asking for support on every little issue and unable to assimilate any constructive criticism. On the other hand, maintaining healthy boundaries within the workplace, will help avoid uncomfortable situations while giving a negative feedback. Employees will know what issue needs to be fixed and it will help them to grow professionally. 

Having boundaries never means that the boss should be cold or harsh with their employees, it means to share honest opinions and feedback with them. Perhaps adopting a little distant and right criticism attitude helps a boss to avoid a pretence relationship. Being too nice prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation. This doesn’t mean that you have to be a bully or racist, in the workplace. There should be self-discipline without enforcing each other without being politically correct all the time. 

Don’t forget. No matter how many time you bond with your boss, he is still your boss.