People today, in this climate of redundancy and unemployment, seem to think that, if they are currently in a job, they need to make themselves indispensable. If they can do this then their line managers will see that they are very capable people and any organisation lucky enough to have them will regret making any decision to let such a person go.
However, it is also known that such a person doesn’t share knowledge or skills, is controlling, and is often insecure. They believe that they know all there is know. They feel threatened by people around them who are skilled and knowledgeable, who may have ability in other areas.
On the other hand, a person who is secure in themselves, secure in who they are as a person, will not be threatened by others. They often look to replicate themselves, to share their knowledge, to learn new things, to delegate to others, and take delight in working with people who have other skills which complement their own. They encourage new ideas to solutions, and bring people on board to contribute to the whole. And such people take great delight in their teams successes and seek to pass on everything they have and undertake succession planning. They make themselves dispensable.
Now you might think that making yourself dispensable is flirting with disaster but it has been shown that these people are more likely to keep their jobs and progress up the career ladder. They contribute value to an organisation.
Not so for the controlling person. It is shown that these people are less willing to work in a team and so cause problems within the work place. As they seek to control circumstances around them, to maintain their “little empire”, they actually undermine themselves. If this is not in line with the company then they will end up loosing their jobs.
So seek to:
- encourage ideas
- share knowledge
- learn new things
- delegate to others (follow Paul Hersey & Ken Blanchard‘s “Situational Leadership“)
- take delight in other peoples success
- enjoy replicating yourself
- release others
- recognise your worth comes from not what you do but who you are.
Seek to make yourself dispensible. It confounds the current convention within the workplace today.
Read more about Situational Leadership here.