A research study was conducted to determine which types of managers are best suited to leading teams, and which are needed to lead teams that are not necessarily structured to work well together. The findings revealed that there are different types of leadership styles, and their behaviors impact how teams function. The authors discuss this in the context of the work environment, management styles, and the work of teams.
I was about to suggest that the only type of manager that can lead a team that’s not structured to work well together is a leader that’s actually incapable of leading a team. But what they found was that a person that is not able to lead a team is actually much more likely to be a leader.
The authors found that people with a stronger sense of self-identification are more likely to be leaders. However, people with a stronger sense of self-control are more likely to be managers, and people who are incapable of leading a team are more likely to be employees.
I’m sure all this sounds familiar to many of you. A lot of the world’s best leaders were once known to be people who were “in the system”. We all know people like Steve Jobs who are the epitome of this – someone who was highly successful and highly valued, but who could never get a job in the company he was successful at. But who was still successful, but only in a very narrow sense.
We are fortunate that Steve Jobs (more than Steve Jobs) was one of the few successful people who was not one of the people. Because although he was not the highest ranking manager, he was the best at what he did. He was a great manager because he understood when to ask permission and when to delegate. Jobs was also not one of the people at Apple, but he was one of the most successful and highly valued individuals in tech history.
The study I’m referring to is a survey of over 100,000 employees of large tech companies. I think that’s what is most interesting about this story. The managers in that study were not necessarily the highest ranking managers. I think it’s important to note that the study was a random sample of employees, so the sample is not representative of the actual company.
The study was a small scale survey, but the results are quite revealing. Some of the results were pretty shocking. A lot of employees were willing to work for free so that they could take the survey, and if they were given a raise, they told the manager they would not ask for a raise, but they would ask for a raise if the manager gave them a raise. This is one of the most interesting things I found in the study.
This is because when employees share their personal stories about taking personal risks, the manager responds in a way that suggests he’s just taking the survey for granted and doesn’t care about them. He’s not really paying attention to them. This is part of the reason why employees that put in the extra effort to keep their personal lives private will often not be rehired, but they’re still happy and their manager gets a bonus.
Some managers don’t respond to the survey. The study found that if you ask your employees what they think about you, they’ll respond positively toward you more often than not. If your manager does nothing more than give you a condescending response, you can take this as a sign that he doesn’t care about you and will be more concerned with maintaining your job than helping his team.
Another big advantage of having a manager are their personality and his/her intelligence. By asking for feedback, they often get better at what they do. Just like if you ask for your own personal feedback, your manager will get a response because you always respond and that is the most important thing in the world.