Traditional management styles in Greece are highly directive and paternalistic.
This paternalism fits very easily into the strong sense of family and ethnic ties which bind all Greeks together. The individual responsibility of the boss would always be seen as paramount, rather than the collective responsibilities of a group.
Therefore, it is important to give clear instructions which can be easily followed. Don’t expect pro-activity – it may come, but is not necessarily always forthcoming in these types of paternalistic business cultures. When people have been used to very precise instructions from a directive boss, vague requests can seem very confusing. ‘What exactly am I expected to do here?’
As relationship bonds run deep in Greek culture, the manager expects loyalty. In return for this loyalty, the boss will look after the interests of subordinates. The manager-subordinate relationship is viewed as reciprocal and familial.
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