How many employees can one person actually manage? For example in my job as a VP I had about 6 people who directly reported to me. While in my entire division there were many more, I actually did the performance evaluation and set goals for only 6 people. Look at the criteria provided starting on Page 255. Use that criteria to discuss a management position you observe in your own organization. Alternatively, if you have entrepreneurial aspirations, think about how many people you might be able to directly supervise as you start up your new business.