No Duh: Study Shows Being Nice To Your Employees Gets Better Results
In what will come as news only to awful managers, a new study proves that being nice to employees is the best way for bosses to get the best results from them.
Researchers from Binghamton University in New York surveyed nearly 1,000 members of the Taiwanese military as well as nearly 200 full-time American workers, to figure out which leadership styles were the most effective to subordinates. Long story short: As the old saying goes, you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
The researchers divided leaders and their styles into three types:
Authoritarianism-dominant leadership is when a boss wields absolute control, expecting results without considering the needs of his or her employees. This nearly always led to poor results, researchers say.
Benevolence-dominant leadership is the opposite -- these leaders' "primary concern is the personal or familial well-being of subordinates," according to the experts. Similarly, it nearly always led to positive results.
Classical paternalistic leadership "combines both authoritarianism and benevolence" -- in short, work gets done one time, but employees' well-being is also important. This, almost a mimic of a healthy parent-child relationship, also led to positive results.
As someone who has had all off those type of managers, I agree. Don't be a jerk, and we'll get along, right? What do you think?