Monthly Archive for November, 2005

Do You Want To Be Boss?

Help me here. Am I missing something?

I have just read the reports from two national opinion surveys concerning employees’ attitude toward their bosses. The results surprised me. Career Advice: This is good news for ambitious men and women.

A study conducted by the Business School at William and Mary University among 1,054 full-time male and female workers of all ages, educational backgrounds and experience levels across the nation showed that only 21 percent said they would like to have their bosses’ job; 66 percent gave a resounding “no” to the question; 13 percent were undecided.

Another survey found a whopping 71 percent declared that they would rather not take the helm.

This mean that over two-thirds of the workforce don’t want to accept increased responsibilities and reap greater career rewards.

It’s hard for me to believe that many people are turning their backs on the chance to get ahead.

Three Facts Of Life

Career Advice: There are three inescapable facts:

1. Organizations cannot exist and thrive for very long without a hierarchy of bosses.

2. Bosses get the bigger career rewards. The higher up the ladder, the richer the rewards: bigger paychecks, company cars, the corner offices, the perks of power and the prestige.

3. Career Rewards go to those who reach out to gain responsibilities.

This Is Good News

Why do I think the survey findings mean good news? Because I believe that every person who doesn’t want to be boss means one less person in the competition for the higher career rewards.

The path from the first day on the job to the corner office is not easy. But the way is wide open for those who have what it takes to make the trip. That means Opportunity with a capital O.