In this kind of workplace the relationship between management and employees is metaphorically similar to that of the master and the servant. The master is in charge, the servants do what they are told, and that's the way it will stay. The servant never challenges the master, and the servant always stays a servant.
UP AND DOWN
Other workplaces have a very different dynamic. Employees and management work together and there is barely any separation, they are peers and neither thinks of the other as superior or inferior. Management have the employees interests at heart, and vice versa. Both management and the employees have similar outcomes, and the differences are their responsibilities each has that bring the workplace toward those outcomes. Employees don't blindly follow orders and management don't blindly give them, things are discussed and decided what is best for everyone. While there are the inevitable disagreements, they are sorted out in a sensible and mature way and things move on swiftly. People tend to befriend others no matter what level they are in the company, and people also tend to get promoted and work in different areas of the company.
In this kind of workplace, the relationship between management and employees is metaphorically similar to that of a business partnership. Partners in business all want the business to succeed and they work together to make that happen.
SIDE BY SIDE
Think back to the places you have worked. Do they tend toward the master servant metaphor or the business partnership metaphor? And which of these two metaphors more closely mirrors how you behave an an employee or a manager?