As far as ones work and ethics of performance is concerned, especially I have not come across any superior officer who is anti-worker or anti-subordinate, yet, in an organisation there are different types of superior officers with whom we have to work and adjust in the organization. Those who are having confidence, patience, tolerance  and tenacity to adapt in the changing scenarios succeed in any atmosphere in the organization. All these characteristics bring out best from us in a challenging situation.

In the succeeding paragraphs I have penned down some of the characteristics of superior officers with whom you may have or would be having a chance to work. How one can adjust, enhance ones knowledge and contributes for the organization counts a lot.

In many organizations, there are senior officers who are hard to please. Although the juniors may contribute to the maximum yet the fastidious, superior officer, will not give any credit to the person concerned and instead find faults on flimsiest grounds; sometimes  out of context.

Sometimes such superior officers would like to showcase their superiority and knowledge in front of others just to browbeat the subordinates. They dictate terms and want that everything should be done as they order and desire – at their terms though the subordinate may put up the best performance!

Their attitude towards their staff members does not stop at work related matters, it goes beyond that. They consider themselves be all and end all, and at time, may tarnish the image of their subordinates by resorting to the level of personal in-undoes just disrespectful to the subordinates even!

In my public life of more than four decades, I have come across and worked with different superior officers of varied types of temperaments.

I have met and worked with the following types of superior officers:

(a) Some are very good with their subordinates, they will guide them whenever it is required and essential, they are officers par excellence and you will like to work with them not only for the organization but also for personal growth.

(b) There are the ones who will appreciate your qualities,  tact and initiative and will suggest some points to bring about excellent results. They will also give healthy criticism as and when required which is necessary to get knowledge and skills..

(c) Then you must have come across the ones who feel jealous of your initiative and way of working and may lambast you on slightest pretexts/flimsy grounds without rhyme or reason. The superior officers of this nature are really hard nuts to crack since they are non-committal about the drawbacks of the work put in by you but yet criticize because that is what they are best at! Such superior officers are the enigmas for any organisation. Such if you come to know about their families, these types of officers, are not satisfied with their families and some have broken homes because of their pestering nature both at home and in office. This has been observed that those who do not adjust well with their subordinates cannot adjust with the family members too and therefore are misfits for anything. Such people will pull you down at any given situation because of their unbalanced temperament. The option open for the subordinates is either to keep listening such people’s insulting remarks or quit. In the former case, if you possess sufficient knowledge and skills about the work done by you, you can change your organisation rather than tolerating such a anti-social individual. Second option is (in case leaving the organisation is not good for you presently because you need the job due to your financial stringency) to remain listening his prattle since you know such people cannot last for ever!! I think you understand what I mean?

Importantly, I vividly remember working with a very senior officer, most efficient and methodical  in his profession, had a knack for doing anything which the organization needed the most at any given time and would like to see others too to work with the same work ethics in the organisation. He offered healthy criticism for the job not done well and advised the subordinates to follow certain line of action. He was an officer with difference in every way we can imagine. This , all our team learned a lot from that officer. What I am today, good or not so good, is due to his guidance. He taught me how to burn mid night oil for getting things done and how best to remain focused in the job at hand. Although he is no more, yet  his teachings and right directions still remain inspiring me and many others like me.

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  1. Harbans says:

    Those who are placed in the authority of power should always exercise their status with discretion. They should not keep their subordinates under undue pressure.

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