Working for Homer. Does it make you think Doh! or Woo hoo!?
How about Mr. Burns?
It reminds me of a line from a book written by Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series, “We’re being led by an idiot with a crayon.”
What would Homer do in a leadership role? Would he buy a copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Leadership (an actual book)? Would he enroll in classes at Springfield University? Would he embrace the motto of Springfield, “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man”? Would he sign up for workshops by the Springfield Leadership Academy?
In all likelihood, he’d wouldn’t do any of these things. He’d go in search of donuts or cut out early to go to Moe’s.
Which leads us back to our question.
In thinking about what would make you a good leader, look at the qualities you appreciate most in the supervisors you’ve had in the past. Consider the qualities you admired and would like to emulate and consider the qualities you found lacking. Whether it’s reading one of the excellent books on leadership that are available at your local library (always an excellent resource) or attending workshops or classes, learning to be the kind of leader you want to be can keep you from being a Homer to those you supervise.
Don’t be a Homer.