Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could.

  • Steve Jobs


Every manager uses one or more management styles. Either authoritarian, democratic or laissez-faire. A good manager choose the style that fits his actual situation. All these styles have their pros and cons. Experience has shown that there are more laissez-faire managers than authoritarian. Laissez –faire management style is ducking the job of leadership. This gives the “never-do-well” opportunity to malinger.

Staff are very quick at assessing supervisors who don’t really care whether they work or not. They take advantage of manager’s “laissez-fairism” to loaf around. They do only what is necessary to get by-civil service attitude. The manager who deliberately overlooks this type of work habit, is in effect, condoning them. Habit is like a baby; it grows through nurturing.

The real danger in condoning bad work habit is that it will harm those who are trying to do a good job. It demoralizes those who have good work habit and sense of commitment to the organization. There is the danger spot. A safety valve is to weed out malingerers and “never-do-wells” unless they are willing to change their attitude to work. Good workers should be rewarded lavishly and bad workers should only be rewarded according to their merits.


It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest

  • Adam Smith

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