The word “good” seems like a simple enough modifier. If I say that “I have a good sandwich for sale”, you probably won’t be tempted by a competitor with an adequate, satisfactory or pretentious sandwich. But what then makes my sandwich good and thus, superior to the others? Is it paper thin pastrami? The sprouts and sauerkraut? The team building experience and desire to teach more efficient ways to get the job done? OK, so i’m not actually talking about a Reuben, unless it’s a manager named Reuben. Silliness aside, how does one determine what is so “good” about a good manager?
A recent working study from researchers at Stanford and The University of Utah have found that attaching a superior manager to a team is effectively (in terms of output and efficiency) like adding several more workers to that team. The report went on to say that the most important aspect of strong management is that they teach better and more efficient working practices to those under them. Another surprising find from the study was that pairing your best managers with your best workers will generate more output than saddling them with under-performing workers. So what defines “good” in management? Overwhelmingly, a willingness to teach and the drive to get everyone under them doing the best that they can do. To read the Slate article covering the story, click the link below.