The other day, I heard someone say, “I will check with my superior and let you know”. By superior, he meant boss.
At times, team members are referred to as “subordinate”
Aren’t these words – superior and subordinate – undermining equality; laced with assumption that manager is inherently better than the employee.
Does being higher up in hierarchy necessarily make someone better? A manager will surely be better than the employee in some ways. But, is it fair to assume that a manager would be better in every way?
Many a times, a team member complements his or her manager; brings certain capabilities that the manager doesn’t have.
I wonder if these words ‘superior-subordinate’ play a role in
- Making the managers believe that they need to have answers to all questions, solutions to all problems
- Influencing the managers’ inability to openly listen to team members’ views and ideas, especially contrary
- Managers’ inability to accept constructive feedback from team members
- Negatively impacting the managers’ ability to empower teams
- Managers’ discomfort in working with exceptionally bright team members
There is a saying, “Watch your words, they become actions”.
Does it apply to words like “superior-subordinate”? I believe they do. What say?