If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings—and put compensation as a carrier behind it—you almost don’t have to manage them. ~ Jack Welch
This management quote by Jack Welch make an interesting point that most of the activities involved in management is about optimizing for mediocre employees. Management is what you need once your organization gets beyond the point of a small group of the brightest and best people for each position. When you have an imperfect matchup between an employee and their job you need management to help keep everything running smoothly.