Management Styles

Learn about typical management structures, decision making, behavioral expectations and hierarchical relationships. Below is a brief excerpt from this section:

The business hierarchy is typically pyramid style with many management layers, starting at the top with the president and going down to the bottom to the operations staff. There is a definite divide between managers and subordinates. Bosses provide guidance and information, and then they make decisions. Subordinates provide detailed information and follow the decisions made by their superiors. If problems arise, the subordinates try to deal with them in such a way as to not bother the manager.

Spanish managers expect their workers to do what they ask of them and no less. Plans, methods and reports can be time consuming and complicated. Gathering the information required to carry out the boss’ orders, or creating consensus among colleagues in order to accomplish a particular goal, can be a lengthy process.

Spaniards tend to be individualistic and teamwork often does not come easily to them. Competition between co-workers is not unusual in the workplace. When teams do exist, the members are likely to communicate through the manager instead of each other. This avoids confusion or duplication of work, and also offers face time with the boss. 

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