Why is car parking such a big deal?

On a sales call a few years ago, I parked in the managing director’s space by mistake. Did I get the order?

Of course not! He seemed very grumpy when I met him, although we had everything his company appeared to need. When I got outside I found his car parked right up against mine, with literally a few inches between doors. Oops, I think I made a mistake there.

A few years later I worked in a place where there was a very specific hierarchy of car parking spaces. Woe betide anyone parking other than in the correct area.

In fact only two things seemed to generate one of those “all staff” emails from the boss: the quarterly financials and yes, you guessed it, updates on car park infringements!

So what? Well it’s not exactly big picture stuff is it? If we are worried only about our positions, our tokens of esteem, our place in the parking lot, are we missing something?

If the only respect I can get is by the use of force, how effective a leader am I?

Car park wrangling is a symptom of weak leadership. It has to be, doesn’t it?

Do please “reply” below if you have similar or better examples. Thanks.

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About drstevelewis

Good leadership is essential for any project to succeed. I specialise in the most difficult leadership challenges; those involving the way we relate to other people or the way they relate to us. With a background of many years in business and an earlier training in medicine I combine the two in a unique consultancy.
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