The Accidental Manager

The Accidental Manager

 4 Jul 2019

“People don’t leave organisations. They leave managers.”

Perhaps one of the most over-used and misunderstood statements that you will see on LinkedIn and other business facing social media platforms.

At a recent event between Tindall Perry, EY and MSB Leaders we discussed the growing number of “Accidental Managers” appearing within businesses.

According to the Chartered Management Institute over only 20% of line managers are “rated highly” yet 75% of people see their line manager as the chief influence on their career; therefore what happens when people who excel in their functional role within an organisation are then thrust into a management / leadership role without the right support or training?

“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born – that there is a genetic factor to leadership,” said the late Warren Bennis, a US pioneer of leadership studies. “This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.”  

It is important when promoting internally to management roles that these day-to-day high achievers are given the right support and training. If they are to come externally, it is important to provide good induction training but also to identify the right sort of skill set for the type of Manager you need.

Accidental Managers can be of critical concern within mid-sized businesses. The smaller the firm, the more responsibility given to that person.

The hiring process in mid-sized businesses firms can be more informal. Often people are hired based on their ability to fit with the current team, or are like-minded to the business owner or management team.

When you consider that 99% of UK companies have fewer than 250 employees, this can clearly become a problem if the right types of Managers for that business are not identified.

At Tindall Perry we have introduced data driven science into the recruitment process; we can work with a business to identify key innate traits and behaviours that are in line with the business, and the role,  we are recruiting for. We are able to target specific traits that will be crucial to the role holder being a success.

Supporting mid-sized businesses in running a more robust recruitment process, whilst harnessing the data, we aim to aid businesses in attracting ready-made Managers or to identify those with the potential to become “Intentional Managers”, by doing this we are able to make successful and long lasting placements which work towards future proofing the business.

To learn more about how we can support you and your business in assessing current teams and attracting the right talent to grow your business, please get in touch with us.


Currently there are no comments. Be the first to post one!

Post Comment