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Why people act differently as they move up the ladder

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Many people have said that when they get to the top levels of management they will not forget what it was like to be at the bottom. As noble as this sounds it is often wrong.

Management status as a culture shared in virtually every corporate or nonprofit career. People think, act and react differently based on their level within the management structure. Interactions with other employees also bear an impact based on one’s management status.

The main factor in the real or perceived “change” of a manager’s belief system is their observed behavior. As one climbs the ladder their day-to-day interaction with other employees will change. Pressures mount the higher they go as they will be judged by different criteria and have increased confidential information. No longer will they be able to share and speculation as was possible at the entry-level because now they know the depth and reality of situations.

This does not mean they have forgotten what it was like to be at the entry-level. Yes, some may have forgotten the far too often this lapse of memory is temporary. A great leader knows that regardless of the management status of an individual their contribution is still vital to the overall success of the organization.

Predominant subcultures:

  • President / CEO
  • C-level
  • Middle management
  • Lower or entry level management

©2014 Max Impact, used with permission.

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