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Managers 'must encourage workers to release talent'

15 June 2011

It is vital for interim management staff to handle workers in a way that encourages them to display their innate talents, according to an advisory firm.

People development organisation European Leaders has criticised the "command and control" environments present in many companies, suggesting this tends to instil fear of managers and middle managers into employees.

Ashley Ward, a director for the firm, stated that this causes workers to concentrate on behaving how they believe the company expects them to act, rather than releasing their talent in a natural way.

By contrast, he suggested that "elite" businesses tend to embrace a more open working model that allows staff to understand their roles at all times and flourish within them.

"You need to ... be a transparent business and you need to be culturally led in a way that allows the people in the company to release talent," he said.

This comes after survey data from DDI earlier this week showed that only 36 per cent of UK business leaders rate their organisation's overall leadership quality as high at present.

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Categories: Human Resources


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