Having authority without being authoritarian, the manager’s balance

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All the people who have had responsibilities in their work are no doubt familiar with this uneasiness and this problem: How can you make certain demands on your team, without appearing to be authoritarian? A balance that is not easy to find in 2021.

Annalisa von Grünigen, 35, director of the Synergie group in French-speaking Switzerland, HR services network, is responsible for twenty employees. She is well aware of the legitimacy problems that a chef may face, when he takes office but also beyond. “When I started management, I was very young. So I forced the authoritarian side to listen to me. But I was exhausted and it did not pass with the teams, to whom it did not seem very authentic. “