Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have been told what to do—and how to behave—within the workplace. This practice continues in modern work environments to varying degrees. In eco-autonomous organizations, however, the goal is to hire people who can manage themselves, think proactively, identify problems, and take action to resolve them as needed.
As individuals, the only behavior we can truly manage is our own, yet self-management cannot replace execution or accountability. On the contrary, self-management requires individuals to be responsible not only for themselves but also for their groups’ performance and accountability.
While leaders will always be needed in work environments, these roles should be awarded based on merit. Managers, on the other hand, are not required. In self-managed groups, there aren’t managers to notify or complain to; each person is empowered to resolve challenges or problems as they arise.