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Top Down vs. Bottom Up Management: What’s the Difference?

William Malsam
Publication date:
June 4, 2019
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Top Down vs. Bottom Up Management: What’s the Difference?

Top-down management is the most common form of management, with a chief executive office (CEO) setting the course for the entire company. This leadership is passed down the chain of command, with each role responsible for carrying out the mission as stated by the higher-ups. Examples of top-down organizations include the Trump Organization, Helmsley Hotels and Martha Stewart Living. There are pros and cons to top-down management, such as clarity and expectations, as goals are delivered by one person and that message is not diluted by committee or multiple voices. It also requires a strong leader, as they have direct orders and can act on them quickly without second-guessing or trying to decipher mixed signals.

These types of management structures work best when the leader has done due diligence, researched and considered all angles of how the decision will impact business and employees. Bottom-up management is a structure where the whole organization participates in the process of leading the organization, giving employees a say in how to accomplish the overall goals and objectives of a business. It is not for every organization, but it is recommended for those looking for more creativity to help them reposition themselves. The idea that "two heads are better than one" is the primary reason why some companies don't apply a top-down management approach.


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William Malsam
Top Down vs. Bottom Up Management: What’s the Difference?
June 4, 2019
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