I think that it’s much more rare that these people are selected as managers, and that’s the problem: we have incentivized narcissists and similar power-seekers to chase management jobs because they come with power and authority.
If you made a manager job a “facilitator” job and separated it from the “power” parts of the job, it would attract “helping” personalities over “dominating” ones.
Honestly, think about it - if business and work were new inventions, and were designed today without any preassumptions, the idea that an immediate supervisor is given:
-A direct incentivization for high performance, both positive (pay, chances for promotion) and negative (likelihood to be fired for poor performance),
-Higher pay than their subordinates,
-Higher status than their subordinates,
-The ability to control almost all the information flow to the executives about their own performance,
-The requirement to determine, with little to no training, who is a high-performing and low-performing employee, often by the manager’s own self-determined metrics.
Looking at all those together, you’d be horrified if this was a new idea. It’s obvious how abuseable it is, how the pressures of the job would intrinsically push anyone in that position to act unethically and how their subordinates are massively incentivized to try and manipulate this person, and that because of this incentive, we would primarily be selecting for promotion and reward people that are good at self-serving manipulation, not those that are intrinsically good at their job.
If you were to design it from scratch today, you’d separate a lot of those powers and also try to remove as much subjectivity and perverse incentive from the system as possible, a system that would be almost completely different from the one we see now.