In our industry, we tend to mock management, calling them PHBs or worse. However, I enjoy my management chain (I pretty much have my whole time at the fish shoppe). Good management provides air support, direction without dictating, and access to great quotes:

"Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few other close friends, and then for money." — Moliere. (by way of http://ginasmith.typepad.com/gina_on_gina/2005/01/why_writers_can.html)