This isn’t just a catchy saying. Gallup found that 50 percent of Americans have left a job to “get away from their manager at some point in their career.”
This also explains research that having higher quality managers is more strongly correlated with good management outcomes than just hiring high quality teammates overall.
It’s not that hiring great people doesn’t matter. It absolutely does. The reality is that these great people will simply leave if their managers don’t meet their needs for coaching, career growth, and high performance. Managers who care about teammates and are effective in supporting their career growth can make a major difference to retention and to outcomes.