Democracy in Corporate America
By Kimberley on Jul 04, 2006
In a democratic society, citizens get to cast their votes for some of the leadership roles within the community.   Interestingly, this is simply NOT the case in Corporate America.
In the corporate business world, democracy does not rule.   Those near the bottom of the corporate heirarchy don't get to vote for their next boss.   And they don't have a way to impeach leaders who don't live up to expectation.   (At some companies, formal management performance feedback mechanisms, anonymous and non-anonymous, are offered. Some will argue that this certainly helps.)
When each new leader comes on board, the skeptical have few or no expectations and the hopeful have many.   I tend to be one of the hopeful... and hope to see all the great talk of new leaders transform into roaring successes.   And, accordingly, when the talk turns out to just be more white noise, I'm one of the first to feel let down.
What would happen if employees got to cast a vote?
What would the campaigns sound like?
What campaign promises would appeal to the voters?
Which candidates for the next Manager, Director, VP or Executive role would be greeting engineers in the hallways and cafeterias, shaking hands, patting the dogs, and handing out tee-shirts?
And, just imagine what reelections would be like!?   New potential leaders stepping forward as challengers to the current management team.   Oh my, what fun that would be!
With elections on a regular basic, the whingers in the background, moaning about this boss or the other, would have to put up or shut up!   Run for office, get elected, fix the problems, or simply get back to focussing on work!   Yup, I like that idea.
Entering the 21st Century, Corporate America was not a democracy.   However, entering the 22nd Century, I bet it will be!