Are You A Mother Hen?
Here’s a great leadership question that was asked during the EntreLeadership Live Chat. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get to it, so I’m going to tackle it now.
I’m a female supervisor of mostly men. I get criticism from my boss for being a “mother hen” to the employees, but I see it as team building. Could this hurt my career in the long run? – Sandra
I think the thing that’s missing is what you’re doing that your leader is questioning. I also think that it’s funny that he referred to you as a “mother hen.” Why didn’t he just say control freak or something? In other words, I wonder why he felt he had to use a feminine reference?
As a leader, it is your job to make your team successful, not the other way around. Click to Tweet You need to do everything you can to make sure:
- They have every tool needed to win.
- They have all of their questions answered.
- They are clear on all that they need to do each day.
- There are no enemies of unity destroying the process.
If you’re spending time with the team growing them in their roles, then you’re doing a great job! The only thing left in my mind that would be an issue is if you’re micro-managing them when they have proven themselves to be competent.
If that’s the issue, then, yes, you need to back off. If not, perhaps you need to sit down with this leader and ask him to help you understand what his definition of a mother hen is.
Question: What would YOU tell Sandra?