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Self-governing often fails as managers are afraid of losing power

23 November 2017
Sanne Feenstra

Managers themselves turn out to be the greatest stumbling block when implementing self-governing teams. The less power a leader has, the less they are willing to share it. This has been revealed by research by PhD student Sanne Feenstra and Professor Janka Stoker on 700 readers of Management Team magazine.

Companies that want their managers to share more power with their employees should take the managers’ needs into account. Striving for empowerment, self-governing and delegating responsibilities is in that sense a paradoxical challenge for managers; it is exactly what will cause their own position to become less stable and less powerful. Hence they are inclined to share less of that power.

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