May 06 2018
By: Terry L. Mathis
The best approach to controlling management styles is to strategically decide what style you want managers to use in your organization and hold them accountable for moving steadily toward that style. However, most organizations don't do this. They assume if a manager was successful in their last position that they know how to manage, and therefore allow them do so without direction. This can be extremely problematic when a management team has vastly different styles. Command-and-control managers can kill employee involvement, while empowering managers try to engage employees which might undermine strict control.
When employees are subject to managers with diametrically different styles, they are conflicted and unclear about what to do and whom to please. If organizations do not strategically prescribe a management style, they should at least pair up managers with similar styles on management teams to avoid such conflicts.
Terry Mathis, Founder and retired CEO of ProAct Safety, has served as a consultant and advisor for top organizations the world over. A respected strategist and thought leader, Terry has authored five books, numerous articles, videos and blogs, and is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations. EHS Today has named him one of the '50 People Who Most Influenced EHS' four consecutive times. Business leaders and safety professionals seek Terry's practical insight and unique ability to introduce new perspectives that lead to real change.