As key talent accepted the offers of competitors, routine exit interviews unveiled a theme. Leaving was a difficult but necessary alternative to enduring the undermining effects of stifling management even though this supervisor was an aberration amongst otherwise empowering leadership. Soon, the undercurrent of dissatisfaction captured the attention of someone with decision authority in the organization. A small amount of investigation was all that was needed to diagnose the problem. The supervisor was not a bad human. He just lacked management skills.
Rearranging the organizational chart was relatively easy. Shifting reporting relationships enabled affected employees to be repositioned under a more mature and developed manager. It also permitted the less experienced manager to be placed under the mentorship of a seasoned leader known for her stewardship of the organization’s rich culture. If the young supervisor had the motivation and capacity to learn and grow, the opportunity would be ripe.