it is clear a more thoughtful, analytical approach adopted by Mike Atherton is what the average worker could most identify with
npower research has revealed that British employees see themselves most like former England cricket captain Mike Atherton in the workplace, according to a poll by the Ashes title sponsor.
According to the research of more than 1300 UK workers, one in four (23 per cent) see themselves as having an 'analytical' business personality like Atherton, rather than the flamboyancy of Kevin Pietersen.
A close second was David Gower, with 19 per cent of workers saying they adopted his 'laid back' style in the workplace. Ian Botham was third with 15 per cent of the vote, before Kevin Pietersen and Nasser Hussain took fourth and fifth place with four per cent and three per cent of the vote respectively.
The research also revealed some regional differences, with workers in Yorkshire and Wales likening themselves more to David Gower, and employees in the south east believing they are most like Ian 'Beefy' Botham.
Age differences were also apparent, as one in eight (12 per cent) of the youngest age group (18-24 year olds) see themselves as being like Kevin Pietersen at work, significantly higher than the national average.
Julia Lynch Williams, director of energy services at npower said: "As title sponsors of the Ashes, we conducted a light-hearted exercise to see if leadership styles on the cricket field would carry over to the workplace. While cricket fans loved the flamboyancy of Kevin Pietersen, it is clear a more thoughtful, analytical approach adopted by Mike Atherton is what the average worker could most identify with."
The survey offered participants the option of matching themselves with the leadership styles of five former England captains. The captains and styles were: Mike Atherton ('analytical'), David Gower ('laid back'), Ian Botham ('lead from the front'), Kevin Pietersen ('flamboyant') and Nasser Hussain ('intense').
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Notes to Editor:
Online research was undertaken by YouGov across a sample of 1346 UK workers. The research took place in June 2009.
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