Why are some people so status conscious

Understanding of leadership: In love with control and status-conscious

Vienna. How do Austria's executives tick? And how do you differ from your colleagues in neighboring countries? The experts at the management consultant Roland Berger Strategy Consultants investigated these questions in their study "Leadership in CEE" and examined similarities and differences in leadership styles in Central and Eastern Europe.

Lo and behold, the survey of 293 executives from eight countries in CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) produced amazing results: "I was most surprised that managers on the one hand emphasize that they trust their employees and that they are entrusted with the most important tasks, but at the same time show a high degree of need for control, "admits study director Andreas Tiefengraber.

Less communicative

In fact, the executive floors in this country are apparently populated by control freaks. In any case, the study shows that managers in Austria want more control than managers in Central and Eastern Europe. For example, 68 percent of Austrian managers stated that they trust their employees to a certain extent, but still want to control everything.

A significant difference to the CEE executives, only 46 percent of whom were of this opinion. "In a CEE comparison, Austrian managers see themselves more as control bodies and appear less communicative, while managers in CEE tend to see themselves as part of the team," emphasizes Tiefengraber.

Another clear difference is that executives from Central and Eastern Europe see their authority based more on their know-how. 95 percent of all CEE managers consider expertise and knowledge as the basis for their authority. For comparison: only around 42 percent of Austrian executives see this as the root of their authority. "According to their own perception, the authority of the majority of Austrian managers is based on a combination of experience and the status of their position," says Roland Berger employee Tiefengraber.

However, differences are also visible in the approach to networking. Around 57 percent of all respondents rely on professional structures such as interest groups, online networks and sports clubs to maintain contacts. While 77 percent of CEE managers stated that they actively use their networks, only 65 percent of Austrian executives do so. Are you "network lazy" in the executive suite at home?