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There are a host of reasons why many professionals like to work for western bosses instead of Indian ones. Some of the reasons are perception based and some of the reasons definitely have some truth in them. Indian bosses tend to loose out big time when it comes to comparison of work style and work place culture followed by their western counterparts.Here are some reasons which are apparent in work places when the two are compared:
Indian bosses like to monitor progress minute by minute. This may be because they lack confidence on the person executing the work. For an employee; it can be quite frustrating to have someone looking over your shoulder every minute. Little do Indian bosses realize that this reduces productivity by a large extent and can be discouraging for employees. Apart from that, constant hand holding or supervision also does not create thinkers or leaders.
Western bosses on the other hand, give ample room and freedom for the person to perform and even make errors. It is from these errors that they expect the person to learn valuable lessons. This significant difference seems to come from the difference in cultures and is very noticeable in the work space.
Western bosses tend to praise employees regularly whereas Indian chiefs are often miserly in their encouraging words. Somewhere there is concern that if you praise an employee too much, he might expect an increase in his pay package or get over-confident. Maybe there is little or no truth in this statement, but westerners are usually open about their praise irrespective of the status you belong to within the company.
Apart from that, Western bosses tend to give credit where due. If a sub-ordinate has done a good job, the Western boss will give credit to him or her in front of the team and in front of senior management whereas the Indian counterpart might end up hogging all the limelight in this borrowed glory.
An American or European boss has most likely seen a higher standard of working habits and will try and get that in his team. An Indian boss may not be familiar with a higher standard to make it common place in his environment. Setting standard by example is also something which westerners are more familiar with.
Westerns do not resolve to emotional leadership, rather their responses are usually based on facts. Indian bosses tend to get far more emotional in the work space and sometimes may not react very rationally. An emotional boss is good for motivating and getting his team to perform, but display of too many emotions at the work place can result in mixed reaction from employees.
Westerners are used to following all instructions in the booklet whereas Indian bosses tend to bend the rules to suit their requirements. This sets a poor example in front of the employees and also encourages them to be disorderly in circumstances. As employees, you are never sure of which way you are going with the boss!
Indian bosses also tend to play favorites in the work space and promote an employee as they think fit. Western bosses tend not to play favorites or at least portray the impression that they don’t and that is another reason why employees would prefer working with them rather than their Indian counterparts.
There might be still a number of reasons why Western bosses are better than Indian ones but there is no denying the fact that Westerners are preferred over Indian bosses and it will be a long time before that can be changed.
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