Corporate life is full of management styles: leadership, authoritative, micro-management….I’m able to differentiate other type which I call “defensiveship”. I do not know if this concept exist or if it has other name (probably “defensive behavior” is more correct), anyway!
Defensiveship can appear by different reasons: in organizations where middle layers of management are more and more put into a straitjacket; organizations which require more hierarchical behavior…
It’s not easy to have a continuous defensive behavior and not been impacted negatively by it. The key element is that they are in a matrix organization with crossed responsibilities, and they are able to hide themselves into the specific assignments and tasks.
|Have a vision, believe in it and promote it||Inherit visions from different stakeholders|
|Accept conflict and manage it||Reject, avoid Conflict|
|Make decisions||Look for decisions on the relevant stakeholders|
|Feel accountable||Do not feel accountable|
|Look for active positions||Look for passive positions|
|Team is the first thing for him/her||S/he is the first thing|
|Clear understanding of the priorities||Continuous assessing of the priorities due to the need to balance opinions|
|Understand politics and use it to pursue the goals||Understand politics and use it as excuse|