Are people in senior level positions fearful of lower level employees who take i

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  1. ReneeDC1979 profile image62
    ReneeDC1979posted 5 years ago

    Are people in senior level positions fearful of lower level employees who take initiative?

  2. watergeek profile image96
    watergeekposted 5 years ago

    People who are confident of themselves and good managers like it when lower level employes take initiative. They often encourage and reward it. However, if the senior manager has been faking it or is unsure of their skills, they feel threatened and try to suppress the lower level employee. It's happened to me. They removed me and then tried to get me to teach them how to do what I do without my knowing - I assume so they wouldn't have to pay me more. (Or maybe so I wouldn't know I'd been right.) Didn't matter. As soon as I realized what they were doing I left.

    1. ReneeDC1979 profile image62
      ReneeDC1979posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Very insightful watergeek - thanks.

  3. ULinder profile image60
    ULinderposted 5 years ago

    This is most definitely an "it depends" answer.  It all depends on the people in question.  Senior people good at their jobs love those lower than them that take initiative while the ones that struggle begin to sweat it.

    1. ReneeDC1979 profile image62
      ReneeDC1979posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you ULinder - I think you hit the nail on the head -those good at their jobs

  4. Diana Grant profile image91
    Diana Grantposted 5 years ago

    When I was in a senior position, I used to encourage lower level employees to take initiative, as long as it was within their area of knowledge and competence.  This leads to more job satisfaction, and happy employees are more responsible and keen to have that additional autonomy.

    1. ReneeDC1979 profile image62
      ReneeDC1979posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Exactly Diana -thank you

  5. jaydawg808 profile image88
    jaydawg808posted 5 years ago

    I don't think so.  The senior level has the leverage (so to say) over the lower level employee(s) who take initiative.  They shouldn't be fearful if they work together as a team, because ultimately, it makes the senior level positions look good.

  6. carlarmes profile image61
    carlarmesposted 5 years ago

    Oh yes, I know someone who works at British telecom, and they wet their pants at the prospect of insurgence from the ranks of workers.

    1. ReneeDC1979 profile image62
      ReneeDC1979posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ha ha!  It's amazing how we let other people cause us to doubt our skills and abilities.

  7. TeriSilver profile image96
    TeriSilverposted 5 years ago

    Absolutely. Especially on the government level.

  8. Abluesfornina profile image68
    Abluesforninaposted 5 years ago

    I do think this is the case at times and is probably true because most people period, are out to undo someone else. Most people in the work place seem to view everyone else as compeition, not wanting their co-workers to get further than they do. Anyone is fair game and everyone is subject to being taken out...sadly.

  9. old albion profile image71
    old albionposted 5 years ago

    Yes they are. This start at the job interview stage! Should the person or persons conducting the interview fear the applicants knowledge and abilities, they will turn the applicant down. I have seen this happen countless times over the years.


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