In a workplace the only difference between people is the one given by their accountabilities. Accountabilities come with responsibilities, responsibilities come with power, and the pay is according to accountabilities.
There is no other difference, so people do not have to be afraid of ‘authority’ or their bosses, JUST treat everyone with respect (including themselves); and if one wants to grow, the sure way is to assume more responsibilities
If the work relationships are NOT based on partnership and respect regardless the position one has, they are NOT authentic. People are NOT their position and most of us, most of the time, are not clear about that.
Enjoy it said from the mouth of a master:
‘Keichu, the great Zen teacher of the Meiji era was the head of Tofuku cathedral in Kyoto. One day the governor of Kyoto called upon him for the first time.
His attendant presented the card of the governor, which read: Kitagaki, Governor of Kyoto.
“I have no business with such a fellow.” Said Keichu to his attendant.”
“Tell him to get out of here.”
The attendant carried the card back with apologies.
“That was my error,” said the governor, and with a pencil he scratched out the words Governor of Kyoto.
“Ask him again.”
“Oh, is that Kitagaki?” exclaimed the teacher when he saw the card.
“I want to see that fellow.”
Calling Card/Zen Flesh, Zen Bones compiled by PAUL REPS and NYOGEN SENZAKI