An employee is worried that his supervisor isn’t leading by example. Our careers consultant offers tips on how to approach the problem.
Q I work inside a relatively small organization where the reporting structure is relatively rigid. My boss is a nice guy, but I have personally witnessed his unprofessional behavior and inappropriate comments toward some of our direct reports. I understand the importance of establishing relationships among the team, but at times I worry he is not leading by example, and his behavior could hurt our department long term. How can I approach him about this situation?
AFirst and foremost, it important to have this conversation in a private environment to prevent outside influences and his embarrassment. Once you have established the right environment, I recommend having a human-to-human conversation concerning your observations. I would explain that he may not be aware of the potential long-term ramification of his comments, and that you are bringing this to his attention during a sensitive time in the business and health care environments.
By sharing your thoughts and concerns with your boss, you are accomplishing three major goals.
- You are looking out for his best interests.
- are protecting the organization.
- Perhaps most important, you are building a relationship based upon, trust, respect and honestly.
As a final tip, be aware of your tone and the words chosen during this discussion. Avoid accusatory or judgmental words.