Building Better Leaders

July 14th, 2017 | Posted in Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training by

In a recent New York Times article, Laszlo Bock, former senior vice president of people operations at Google, reveals what some might refer to as surprising.

After synthesizing 10,000 data points including performance reviews done on managers, employee engagement surveys and even nomination forms for top-manager awards, the Google analysts found that technical expertise paled in comparison when predicting success once leaders were hired or promoted.

According to Bock, “It turns out that that’s absolutely the least important thing. Much more important is just making a connection and being accessible.”

Here is the list, coming out of the analysis, of what Bock referred to as the “Eight Habits of Highly Effective Google Managers” (listed in order of importance):

· Be a good coach;

· Empower your team and don’t micromanage;

· Express interest in employee success and well-being;

· Be productive and results-oriented;

· Be a good communicator and listen to your team;

· Help your employees with career development;

· Have a clear vision and strategy for the team; and

· Have key technical skills, so you can help advise the team.

Google found that what employees valued most were “even-keeled bosses who made time for one-on-one meetings; who helped people puzzle through problems by asking questions, not dictating answers; and who took an interest in employees’ lives and careers.

How is your organization building better leaders, and what’s on your list of highly effective habits?

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