Instead of sending team leaders of a company to management training courses, it would probably be more beneficial to send the entire team and this produces better results, says a new study.

The study says the manager is only able to influence the working climate to a limited extent, instead it is the interaction between the manager and the staff that is crucial.

Simply focusing on the manager means turning a blind eye to the contributions of the staff, and in doing so you exclude a lot of the potential that exists within the company, says Johan Bertlett from the Lund University, Sweden.

Bertlett says a good manager should train his or her staff and encourage informal leadership by delegating to those who are willing to take greater responsibility. However, not many are prepared to do it if it is not reflected in their pay packet.

It is not only a matter of the manager being able to delegate, it is also a matter of how much commitment the employee is willing to show. And the company management must also create the general conditions for this to work, says Bertlett.