Your company might have a lot going for it, but for some reason you can’t keep hold of your managers. They just aren’t sticking around for very long, and you have no idea why the turnover is so high. Cheri Baker of The Enlightened Manager Blog says the answer is quite simple: good managers want to be able to do their jobs, and they want to be able to do it well.
Baker outlines four distinct reasons why managers choose to leave their positions: they feel they are being prevented from problem-solving, they are forced to work with people who are not good at their jobs, they are being micromanaged, and they are given goals to work toward but not the resources or authority to complete the work.
In short, good managers want to produce great work. When they feel they are being prevented from doing so, they will leave.
What a leadership team does need to do their jobs well and feel satisfied in their positions is to have the expectation that people are good at their jobs, and let go of those who are not. Managers also need the authority to make certain decisions that will allow their teams to achieve the goals of the company.
If you find that you have a high turnover for managers, maybe it is time to reevaluate your own managing styles and trust your team to do the right thing.
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