Frank is a distant manager, he seldom mingles with his subordinates. For him work is always formal and official business. The drawback of his being distant comes whenever there are special projects to be undertaken by his organization. Because he cannot properly identify the right people which could best help him.
A manager or a leader doesn’t exist for himself alone. He/she naturally exist for his people in the organization. He leads them toward the achievement of desired organizational objectives.
Therefore it is a must for a manager/leader to know the strengths and weaknesses of his subordinates. For if he knows their strengths and weaknesses he will have no difficulty of identifying his subordinate/s that could best help him reach their organizational objectives.
When a person works for an organization one way or the other that person naturally works with people also. Thus it is very important for a manager/leader to know the competence of his people. He could do this not only by looking at his subordinates work accomplishment. He could also do this by knowing them better, by talking and mingling with them.
A good leader/manager should not be distant from his people. For how could he know them better? And how could he know their strengths and weaknesses if he’s distant from them?
Therefore a good manager/leader has to know his subordinates and in the process he will also know their strengths. So that he could easily harness it whenever he or the organization needs it.