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December 3, 2004

News & Opinion: Times A-Changin'

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 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?