Before you lean too heavily on the above chart, please take heed– there really is no such thing as an “ideal” span of control that remains agnostic to industry, company size, and leader profile. Increasingly we find that organizations perform better if they focus less on SOC and more on the quality of leader-member relationships (Zoller & Muldoon, 2020).
And in the end, leaders who can factor their peoples’ capabilities and support systems into design decisions are vastly better positioned to develop an appropriate reporting structure for their teams.
The good news is that you don’t have to go it alone, and you don’t have to wing it based on general trends or historical precedents. At BOxD we can help you make better design decisions about span of control at your organization.
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