If my boss only... what one needs from the boss

Author/s Renato Tagiuri
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2010/2
Language Italian Pages 13 P. 127-139 File size 658 KB
DOI 10.3280/SO2010-002006
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How should people be guided so that they can perform at their best? It seems to us that the problem is not how to motivate people to work better, but to manage to lead the whole person so that he/she does better work. This involves more than "motivation" such as an understanding of the job, of its purpose, of the situation, skills, trust. The effectiveness of personnel depends largely on how it is "managed" or on how it is "guided". These two modes refer to a deep difference in the relationship between superior and subordinate. To manage or "to lead by hand" places the manager in a superior position to the managed. This means obedience rather than initiative, following the rules rather than responding creatively to problems. To guide means to show the way to an objective and let the individual proceed in his/her own way. No single formula or style can guarantee effective management of people, yet according to our subjects there is a set of behaviors that lead to the best performance. The behaviours described, while basic, can be expressed in a variety of styles appropriate to specific situations. The adoption of the essential behaviours cannot occur quickly, as it requires not only a particular mindset by managers but also the willingness, capacity, tolerance. Utilization by the collaborators also may require time to learn to benefit of such behaviors on the part of their superiors. Finally this paper is not on "good" leadership of men and women; its only aim to describe what subordinates regard as essential behavior by their boss to enable them to do their best work. We make no attempt to relate our results to performance, although there may be one.

Renato Tagiuri, If my boss only... what one needs from the boss in "STUDI ORGANIZZATIVI " 2/2010, pp 127-139, DOI: 10.3280/SO2010-002006