Are Brits Really the Worst Bosses in the World?

Author: Adi Gaskell
Published: May 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm

That is the finding of a new survey by recruitment company Monster. The company surveyed 9,000 staff in over 50 countries, and the damning verdict on British managers was that just 18% believed their boss was more capable than they were. Only 10% believed their boss could be described as brilliant at their job.  

Isabelle Ratinaud, from Monster said: “This survey reveals huge frustration among junior members of staff. The vast majority believe they are competent enough to take on more responsibility.

“In reality, it is unlikely that there are so many poor and incompetent bosses in the UK."

BRICs make good bosses

The interesting statistic revealed by the research was that China and India apparently had the best bosses, with around a third in each country believing their bosses to be brilliant.  One in five reckoned their employer was more capable than them and 15% described them as brilliant.

Is this a sign that they are better managers in these countries or are workers more respectful of authority in these countries?

Earlier in the year Citywire studied management in emerging economies.  In contrast to the Monster survey, they found Chinese managers slumming it at the bottom of the pile, with Brazilian managers emerging as the best managers in emerging nations.

The international business school league tables are also full of schools from Britain and America.  For instance, London Business School came top in the Financial Times league table for global business schools.  

So who are the best managers in the world?

The London School of Economics published some research earlier in the year looking at the effectiveness of management around the world.  This research placed America at the top of the tree, with China, India and Brazil filling the bottom three places.

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Article Author: Adi Gaskell

A writer on management issues for publications such as Professional Manager, CMI, HRM Today, Business Works and Technorati. I also cover social media for Social Media Today, DZone and Social Business News.

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