Leadership and Decision Making Skills
27 April 2013
The Many Ways That How Full Is Your Bucket Relates to Management
Is your glass half empty, or half full? This may seem like a silly question we ask ourselves on a daily basis, but in the novel entitled “how full is your bucket?” authors Tom Rath and Dr. Donald Clifton portray this question we ask ourselves as a stance we can take when looking at the theory of leadership, decision making skills, and management. In this paper I will show the key points that Mr. Rath and Dr. Clifton make that can relate well to the current topics in management and leadership qualities, as well as personal situations with people in management that have pushed me to both ends of the spectrum.
The novel is based on a simple theory that each of us has an invisible bucket. “It is constantly emptied or filled, depending on what others say or do to us. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it is empty, we feel like the lowest peg on the totem pole.” This theory can be used in many situations in the workplace today. The book goes on to state that the number one reason people leave their jobs is because they don’t feel appreciated. (p. 30) I know personally that anytime I am feeling down or unhappy to be at work at all, a simple condolence of my hard work raises my morale incredibly. When using your metaphorical dipper, as described in the novel, anytime you fill others buckets, in turn you fill your own. Anytime you take from others buckets you are doing the same to yourself as well. This approach could not be truer when relating it to a management standpoint. I recently decided to move on from my previous job, due to the fact that I did not feel appreciated as well. The new general manger of the store had a very negative attitude in the way she managed others. It made a quick trickling effect that could be easily seen on other mangers, as well as employee’s faces. This quickly...