Every employee in the corporate first and foremost serve only their own ego, desires and interest. This scene is more pronounced among corporate bosses especially when they deal with their subordinates.
Most of the corporate bosses prefer to have, support and be in the company of 'less smart' and 'less intelligent' subordinates. When the subordinates are less smart and less intelligent, the bosses can certainly appear 'intelligent' amongst such people.
When they appear intelligent in comparison with rest in the team, naturally such feelings boosts their ego, elate the confidence and helps them to establish the 'true' definition of the 'boss'. If we closely watch, such bosses can be seen plenty in most corporate. 'Not that smart' subordinates really become the 'sales counter' of such bosses. When such subordinates bring success, it is because of the boss and hence the credit squirrelly goes to them and if it fails, 'the not that smart' subordinates never question the intelligence or logic of the boss as they are obviously not that smart to ask such questions.
This 'seeking the company of inferior people' behaviour or leadership style of corporate bosses have strong root in evolution. The research findings have proved that the male guppy fishes also exhibit exactly the same behaviour of most corporate bosses and they love to seek the company of weak and unattractive males.
The mate selection of females is exclusively based on the attractiveness of the male. Only the most attractive male gets selected by the female to mate. Hence, the males always grow in diversely attractive colouration. This is one the reasons why guppies are the best preferred aquarium fishes.
To get selected by the female guppies, the male has to be really attractive. To make themselves more attractive, they 'wisely' prefer to be in the company of 'weak and less attractive' male guppies. Naturally, when a female sees such male and in comparison with other less attractive male guppies, they will definitely look attractive and hence are accepted easily by the females. Hence are selected as mates.
The male guppies follow one of the finest management techniques to be successful. Indeed they also become successful in most instances.
Be attractive and get selected by the female guppy is one the best ways. But the wise method is 'be with less attractive guppies' naturally the chance of success increases.
The guppy behaviour or style is very common in most corporate. When a boss promotes less capable people barring the most capable ones, what they exhibit is nothing but guppy style.
Only vigilant and committed HR function alone can change such leaders and bring 'fairness' in the system.
Dr S Ranganathan, ClinRise Derma Pvt., Ltd., Chennai