Why staff don’t want to follow the leader

14 September 2012
height="100" />What do employees want from their boss?

According to a survey by recruitment firm Reed, the primary attributes required by staff is the ability to make workers feel comfortable (71 per cent), to be calm under pressure (67 per cent) and tied on 62 per cent was providing the freedom to work uninterrupted, and giving clear instructions and defined targets.

But currently, the same research found, just 47 per cent make their staff feel comfortable and allow them to get on with their tasks, only 33 per cent are calm under pressure and a mere 28 per cent give clear instruction and defined targets. This discrepancy may explain why, in a separate piece of research published by professional services firm Towers Watson this week, 44 per cent do not believe their leaders are able to improve business performance, and 51 per cent don’t believe the information they pass on. Reed’s study also found most staff were looking for a boss that was fair (30 per cent), followed by relaxed (20 per cent), inspirational (19 per cent), a ‘grafter’ (17 per cent). An innovative boss, who has vision and passion, was only desired by 7 per cent.
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