Yes, according to a blog post from July arguing that Google data suggests their best-performing leaders are those that are boring.
Except ‘boring’ is just a headline-grabber – what they actually mean is predictable.
Which actually means consistent.
And the story, therefore, isn’t so surprising.
The real question is exactly what they're being consistent about. What about a leader who consistently micro-manages?
In 2004 psychologists Edward Deci and Richard Ryan studied hundreds of investment bank associates on their job satisfaction. The highest ratings came from those whose bosses offered ‘autonomy support.’ Deci and Ryan also found that employees with the highest autonomy also showed the highest job performance.
Autonomy comes in degrees – someone can have more or less autonomy.
So is it only employees with large degrees of autonomy that are happier, or do people simply need to know where they stand to be more satisfied? Is it better to know your boss will consistently micro-manage you, or that he may do depending on what mood he's in?