The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.

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The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.

- Theodore Roosevelt

I think this is an interesting quote.  I would actually say that there are more leaders out there that follow this than ones who do not.  I have had many leaders and managers who tell me what to do and let me do it.  

However, I think it is often much easier to find a leader or manager with the skills to hire good employees and let them do the work than it is to actually find good employees.  If managers make more money and their job is to let other people do work, how many people out there would prefer to be the employee over the manager?  And because the employees are so empowered in this philosophy, the majority of the good employees probably have the skills necessary to perform the duties of the manager.  When this happens, it becomes increasingly difficult to find good employees because they are not often shown value by properly compensating them for their skill level.  How common is it to see an employee make more money than their boss?  And if the boss's are no longer individuals who have both the technical skill and the management skill, I would argue that it is much easier to find a good manager than it would be to find a good skilled employee.  

So as this leadership philosophy becomes prevalent, I think it will lead to more under qualified managers because company's no longer feel they need to possess technical skills.  Therefore the business becomes completely reliant on its technical staff who are often times unhappy and disgruntled because they are not properly compensated in relation to management.  When they are disgruntled, they will more than likely perform subpar work and the management will not have the technical knowledge to understand or hold them accountable.  So the company as a whole will produce poor work.

So as you can see, I feel there is danger in not requiring managers to have technical expertise and allowing employees to be responsible for all the technical knowledge when they are not properly motivated and compensated.

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