In today's modern world companies are expanding more rapidly than ever before. There is no longer an age limit on the entrepreneurs of today, anyone with an idea, the opportunity and the willingness to take a risk can amass a fortune for themselves. It is when they have turned their ideas into a reality and are now required to manage a group of people in order to secure their idea had a future is when true managers come into play. A manager in today's world can range from 18 to 80. They run anything from a corner shop to fortune 500 companies. They are found almost everywhere in everyday life for e.g. Government departments and schools. The name manager is so diverse, they can be found in every country on the globe. There are three types of managers, the first line managers, middle managers and top managers. In today's world managers are not limited to men but women as well are contributing, even though the number of women managers are growing in the first line and middle managers, according to www.catalystwomen.org only 11% of the U.S fortune 500 companies are led by women and that figure drops considerably to 5% in the positions of Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and executive Vice President. In the U.S many companies are taking the steps to recognise the "woman" as a manager and give them the praise that they deserve. Some of these companies are Southwest Airlines, Avon, Hewlett Packard, Kraft foods and Xerox. .
I would now explain the different types of managers but first a quote from Mary Parker Follett "management is the art of getting things done through other people." .
First level managers: these are managers at the lowest level, just above non managers; they direct the activities of the employees for e.g. a foreman on a building site. .
Middle management: these are managers who occupy the space on an organisation chart between the First level managers and the Top level managers.