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Ameliorating the Problem

You cannot eliminate all rigid managers from a large organization. If you did, you would not have enough people to staff it. Moreover, if all companies did it, the welfare rolls would swell, and our unemployment taxes would skyrocket. You can, however, avoid a situation in which a very rigid manager who cannot develop the needed skills is placed in a role in which he or she can do a lot of damage.

The key to doing this is assessing early on who is rigid and what limitations they have (see Table 21-1 and Table 21-2). Authoritarian managers are unlikely to be good leaders for creative teams or for units that have been accustomed to relative equality of staff. The shock could wreck morale and lead many to leave. The details of the authoritarian style are also important. In particular, does he or she express a lot of anger? Moreover, is the manager flexible and able to respond to coaching?


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