Do Parents Make Better Managers?


New research implies that if you want to be a better manager, you should become a parent.

According to new research, parents–at least those committed to family life–actually perform better in the office. Researchers from Clark University and the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C., interviewed 347 managers and executives, mostly from large public companies, about their family lives. Then they talked to the participants' colleagues, subordinates and bosses about their work performance…

…But he acknowledges that parenting skills and management skills do overlap. "Having kids forces you to learn how to make compromises, and to listen, and to try and support them to be better," Tirado says.

Of course, just because the same characteristics that make a good manager make a good parent, that doesn't mean one causes the other. "The best employees are probably those who are engaged in all life roles," says Tammy Allen, a psychology professor at the University of South Florida who also studies the interactions between work and family life. "It's just indicative of someone who's an active, engaged individual." But Allen adds that parents do develop useful business skills. And people with happy family lives tend to be happier at work as well.

Sounds like I should stop wasting my time reading management books and start…well, you know.

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