Wear Prada if you’re the DIVA

Week #7 (30 September): Should all managers ‘wear Prada’?

Tell me, would you like to have a boss who behaves exactly like Miranda Priestly in the movie?

Are you thankful that you did not have a boss who attaches the devil’s fangs under her shoes?

Why some shouldn’t?

All managers should not wear Prada because some are not suited to wear Prada. The major players of the fashion beauty industry are suited to wear Prada more than others. There seem to be a number of prominent figures in the fashion industry who adopt the managerial style of Anna Wintour.

The fashion industry is a creative industry which evolves at a very fast pace. Unlike other industries like technology or engineering, the fashion industry requires decisions to be made fast and operations to attaches out smoothly. Thus, this demanding industry does require the manager to be decisive and demanding in order for things to be done quickly.

Successful leaders in the fashion industry like Kimora Lee Simon and Tim Gunn have also been known to ‘wear Prada’.

Managers who wear Prada might give too much pressure on its workers which may result in some workers crumbling under such a stressful situation. Workers who cannot withstand the high work pressure and workload may eventually choose to quit the company.

Why Anna Wintour is successful?

While workers who adapt to this tough managerial culture would have stayed on to work for the company. In fact, those employees who stayed on are people who can work under pressure and people who can meet the demands of the manager. Thus, this explains why Anna Wintour was successful.

She was working with a team of talented people who could function efficiently under high work stress. Similar to the movie, ‘The Devil wears Prada’, the main character Andrea Sachs have learnt how to adapt to her boss’s tough managerial style. She emerged as one of better employees and her efforts were being recognized by her boss.

However, as Andrea began to devote all her time and effort to her work, the life outside of work begins to take its toll. Such managerial style can possibly create a negative impact on the employer’s lives. A jerk in the workplace can multiply its negative effects on others which cause other workers to suffer.

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