What she was looking for was someone who could, like her, divide the teams and rule. In other words, she admitted that she put the Team Leaders of the two small teams up against each other, spreading duality and friction. The only way to get results... according to her.
At another job, a supervisor of one department was on good terms with the main manager and he started to decide what, where and who. The manager himself no longer took any decisions about managing his people. Recently another employee was sent away. Not because she was not doing her job, but because she can stand her ground. Another employee who has caused problems with everybody is in his books good. Then again, this employee is in good terms with the owner of the working place.
All the other employees are feeling frustrated, have enough of this... The manager however couldn't care less.
This last example only shows how little "managing" skills the manager has and how good his company will run. The more people are angry, the less they will produce. The "strength" of that Supervisor is people are divided and afraid. What employees don't seem to understand is that they do have Strenght... when united.
I remember an occasion at a company I once worked for. As their first request was not dealt with, they had decided to stand up all together, leave the phones unattended and go as one to the manager. This at a time when it was a peak of incoming calls. Seeing all the employees arriving, the management took immediate action to fix things.
By going all at once, the team made a point: we will not let this pass and we stand united. The company would certainly not fire them, as they were needed. What's a company without its employees?
So many companies don't understand that to have your company run smoothly and efficiently, you need your employees motivated.
How can one motivate its employees? Key is acknowledging people. Acknowledge their input, their thoughts and respect them.