People don't always stop to think about the question of the precise role and purpose of a manager. They think it's obvious, so they don't bother to articulate it, or even to think about it much.
Actually, though, if you ask most managers, they'd be unlikely to zero in on the one thing that should in fact be guiding their thinking as managers:
The role of a manager is to maximize the performance of the people who report to him or her, in order best to achieve the objectives of the organization.
Take a close look at the preceding statement, and think about its implications. What does it say about how managers should conduct themselves, and about management style?
Many managers, especially new ones, take the position ...