I have experienced many bosses in a few years. I have worked in the fashion industry, customer service and medical field in a short amount of time. In that case, I did have preconceptions about how managers are. It could be due to exposure of my childhood from watching tv and how executives and high ranking professionals behave in an ideal setting.
In my case, I never felt the pressure to act up and think really hard regarding my actions when it comes to following authority. I have this thinking that showing up, following rules, doing the work, putting in the hours, and the like would be enough as an employee.
Last February, I came to a crossroad and was at a brink of making decisions that can affect not only me as a professional nurse, but also my future. As I was working as a clinic nurse in a metropolitan area, I loved doing the job. But then the tables turned; and I came to a problem that I needed not only my experience, but also question my ethical standing as a professional and see the consequences of how the dominoes will fall into place and track.
Unfortunately, I have to go and wrestle with authority of the the clinic as a lone risk-taking-defiant-truth-seeking millennial. It was daunting but I have to stand up not for me, but also for the people who care on doing the right thing. I was always unconventional since I was a kid. But one thing I hate is fighting for my beliefs to teach the wrong-sided-end of the battle and proving them wrong in exchange for my job.
An ideal manager in my case should be considerate to his or her subordinates. They should hear either sides or angles of the story before jumping to decisions that can settle the situation. Especially now that millennials are barging in from all places to be part of the corporate world. I think because of ethical dilemmas, most corporations are sleeping on these issues and not hearing the smallest voices of their institutions. This to me, is subversive to growth.
In that case, I find it eye opening to question someone with more experience, mistakes and authority. For me, I am at the bottom of the ladder and sometimes it takes small people to subvert the system to let them see the wrongdoings they have tolerated and it takes such a toll on the lowest parts of the organization to shout out and tell them: “ Hey, there’s something wrong with these policies that you are implementing. Let’s poke it further and rethink and reorganize our actions and see if we are doing a positive impact to the safety of our clients.” I find that experience new and epic. As I mentioned, I regard managers that know how to balance professionalism, order, fun, and toleration.
Small problems may be superficial and minor to many executives and leaders, but they can roll ball and become shattered into a huge issue in the future. To pinpoint those little things in the first place takes great observation, clarity, and knowledge to play with reality’s terms and conditions. That way, leaders are tested and able to navigate ideal constructivism with the realisms of the work place. I contest the statement that I was told not to question authority. Yes, I question it, especially if its purpose doesn’t serve the greater majority and its good.