Giving out orders here and there, that’s what the oldest of a group often does, while the neophyte fulfils those orders once in a while like a dog.
It is really hard to develop progress at work if there is a senior or the oldest member of a group who forcibly dictates on the work done even if there is someone higher in authority to do that instead of him/her. Seniority is what they call to this system, but is it right for a senior to interfere a junior with a higher rank than him/her? If that’s the case, what is the use of a position if there’s an epal who wants to get all the work for him/her?
Oftentimes I was told that if a junior is situated on a higher position, he/she will lose the respect to his/her seniors. Respect is not something that has to be asked—it has to be built-up. If you wanted to be respected by others, you have to know how to respect yourself and others. A group would not sustain itself if there is no senior but a group would not last if there are no juniors. In other words, a group does not depend on senior members but it relies on all of its members. It does not mean that if a junior is on a high position he does not have the capacity to lead the group.
It’s not an accident if one is placed on top because there’s a reason for everything, that’s why a junior may be placed on top because he/she has the ability—the potential to lead and to improve the group. Don’t judge a junior, because there is a possibility that he/she is better than you, may it be on a management level or support level. But it also does not mean that if a junior is on a high position he/she would not listen to an older member and it does not mean he/she would solely decide for the group. He/she has to know how to listen, not just to the older members but to the entire group to acquire unity. A tyro should bear in mind that through the efforts of seniors the group still stands until now.
It’s not bad to give an opinion or message from a senior to the person higher than him/her, but he/she does not interfere on the decision even if he/she is older or more experienced because all the other positions constitute their own tasks and responsibilities. Everybody has their own ways to lead, let the older members leave the decision to those on top to have an orderly system.
Unity and good communication are the ones needed for improvement and for the group to last. Respect the decision of the one on top even if he/she is a tenderfoot, and don’t let too much pride get in the way because there may be a possibility that it would ruin the group. Be professional at work to have a better outcome.
The system would not get organized if a lot of members would like to decide and if there is overruling of work. Even for the seniors, it all ends up that the ones with higher authority decide because they have more rights to make decisions for the good of the group.
It’s all part of the job, it’s nothing personal.