Magazine article HRMagazine

Why Are Good Managers in Such Short Supply?

Magazine article HRMagazine

Why Are Good Managers in Such Short Supply?

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Companies fail to choose the right talent for manager positions 82 percent of the time, Gallup researchers have concluded.

Managers account for 70 percent of the variance in employee engagement scores, so bad managers can be blamed for the generally low morale of workers worldwide, according to James Harter, Gallup's chief scientist for workplace management. In 2012, Gallup released two studies showing that only 30 percent of U.S. workers are engaged at work.

"There are few people who have the critical mass of talent to motivate others, to be assertive when they need to and still make people feel comfortable by making tough decisions and holding people accountable while still building strong relationships," Harter says. "Those things come naturally to some and less naturally to others."

Overall, only 1 in 10 employees possess all the required traits to be a good manager. …

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