As a student finishing up my undergrad, I hated group projects. I, an English major, preferred to buckle down and get whatever project or paper I was assigned finished on my own. But as a business minor, I found myself in courses that were completely different from my literature classes. As it turns out, business professors loved to assign group work — or that’s how it seemed to me. In my groups, I often found myself volunteering to write whatever assignment we were given in exchange for less face time during a presentation or less number-crunching during a finance project.
What makes an effective manager?
Gallup’s recent report, State of the American Manager: Analytics and Advice for Leaders, provides an in-depth look at what characterizes great managers and examines the crucial links between talent, engagement, and vital business outcomes such as profitability and productivity.
There is a leadership lesson that has always stuck with me that can be drawn from the cheating in baseball. If you are familiar with baseball and I asked you to rattle off a list of players that likely cheated, some common names might come to mind: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, or Alex Rodriguez.
Any good parent or good athletic coach is focused on enabling growth, achievement, and learning. If you think about personal relationships, the most successful are those where the spouse is supportive. This same type of coaching is what is needed of great leaders.