Given the choice, most employees would pick TV presenter Cat Deeley as their line manager, but most say their current boss reminds them of Margaret Thatcher.
A survey carried out for Adult Learners' Week by training company Netg revealed that, from a list of ten celebrities - which also included Frank Skinner, Basil Fawlty, Melinda Messenger and Mr Bean - 58 per cent of employees would choose Cat Deeley as their line manager.
A similar number also said that their current line manager had management skills that reminded them of Margaret Thatcher.
Netg spokeswoman Karina Ward said that although Cat Deeley's looks may well have played a part in the result, they probably were not the only factor. "As a TV presenter she needs strong communication skills," she said. "This is an essential part of being a manager and it's never too late to learn."
When asked which celebrity most reminded employees of their IT manager Mr Bean topped the poll, trailed closely by Homer Simpson and Frank Skinner.
"Though slightly tongue-in-cheek, this result highlights the changing role of IT managers," said Ward. "They can no longer just be outstanding technical people. Communication, presentation and leadership skills are becoming every bit as important as technical ability," she said.
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