Steve, I don’t know that there’s an actual term for this. I personally refer to it as “hands-off” management. Yes, I agree with your father. Employees want guidance, and they want expectations to be clearly defined. A company has a vision; management implements that vision through oversight, direction, and training. When completely left to themselves without feedback (negative and positive), the full potential of employees is wasted. I wish they would teach a course to managers (and maybe I’ll do it myself)… I’d call it “The 7 Deadly Sins of Micro-Management… and the 10 Mortal Wounds of Hands-Off Management”.