Tuesday, March 03, 2009

be the boss?

Anyone would be perplexed whenever I tell them that I don't have any desire to be a boss, head of department or the like.

I would ask them back why would anyone want to be a boss. The common and usual answer would be 'better salary'. Ahh... the very reason why people are busting their delicate bottoms everyday at their workplace.

Not just $, but $ if you're the boss.

Yes, it is bigger but not necessarily always. Once a former boss of mine said that it is also not unusual for bosses having lower wages than their subordinates. This of course depends on the industry and the line of work. You don't have to be in the management ladder in order to have a big salary. For technical companies, if you have the right technical competency, your salary would be upscaled accordingly. Unfortunately for me, my company doesn't have that. Thus the only path to have better salary is to be the boss.

Does it have to be that way? The boss is the leader, period. That's how companies would flourish, and people get better. When people wants to be the leader because of the $ factor, things could go ugly. Corrupt politicians are examples. Naturally, a leader is a leader not because of the benefits for himself. He should be focusing on others, beyond self. Improving the lives of others, for example. Hence making the $ factor not the prime motivation, rather downgraded only as a side benefit.

You would always also hear bosses say that 'money is not everything'. Well, if you already have tons of it, and that's completely another topic altogether.


Noraidalin Buang said...

It's not the money laaa...have you taken any Political Science course in college? The word is...what people look for the most in this world....P.O.W.E.R. Power man!!!Boss means more power. Of course, just like what Pete's father said to him before he was shot dead by the villain in Spiderman, "with great power, comes great responsibility". Then only it's up to the individual. Do you want just the power but don't care about the responsibility? Boss means more responsibility. The money is to compensate for the responsibility which you have to shoulder. If you want less responsibility, then just stay status quo.
It really depends on how much you want yourself to grow in the chosen circumstances. Up to you. It's not per se money.

norzah said...

Izam, Paklong had a look at your blog. Cantik. This entry sounds philosophical. Your friend NB is right. People want to become the boss to gain power. $'s secondary.But remember no matter how high you go you still have some people above you, people who have an influence or can decide on your fate. That's why Islam teaches us not to fear people, fear only Allah.Even the el supremo or uno numero in any organiztion ( or country) is powerless in the face of Allah. Have faith in Him and U share His power - the power of Iman and Taqwa. Assalamu alaikum.