December 3, 2004

News & Opinion: Times A-Changin'

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 9:16 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

You might be wondering what any of this has to do with the real world, where mentioning your skills as a parent in a job interview can be as dangerous as mentioning your skills at group sex at a church social. And I dont think weve reached the stage yet when parenting, or "having a life," is considered relevant management experience But there are some signs that things may be changing. For one, numerous surveys show that what I call the "enlightened parent" model of leadership is the most effective. Both men and women agree that the very same skills that mothers and fathers say they learn from their kids: the ability to manage emotional relationships, to articulate a compelling shared vision, to practice a respectful, non-egotistical leadership style, are the most effective management techniques.
Interestingly, women executives more often display these characteristics of effective leadership. Surveys reveal that executive women score particularly high when their effectiveness is rated by their peers and reports. Could this be because women in general tend to have more experience in managing emotional relationships and guiding children through life?

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.