A number of years ago, a group of reseachers studied 16,000 corporate executives. They found that the “high achievers” in the group tended to be every bit as concerned with people as they were with profits. The “medium achievers” were concerned only with performance numbers, while the “low achievers” were obsessed with their own survival. The high achievers listened to their subordinates and often asked for their advice. The medium achievers listened only to their superiors, while the low achievers avoided communication as much as possible. Bottom line: being a nice approachable person who listens goes hand in hand with being a highly successful manager–and it always has!