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How to grow as a leader

How to grow as a leader

Last week I wrote about the Pygmalion in the workplace effect. This week I am digging a little deeper.

If you haven’t read that blog, here’s the bottom line: Harvard researchers told managers to expect certain members of their teams to become high performers in the year ahead. In reality, they had randomly picked those team members. However, their performance was directly impacted by their managers’ higher expectations:

By expecting randomly selected people to flourish, managers created that very reality.

J. Sterling Livingston, who conducted the Pygmalion in the workplace study, observed something else:

This self-fullfilling prophecy did not

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Pygmalion versus Golem: Grow or Shrink your People

Pygmalion versus Golem: Grow or Shrink your People

I recently role-played a high performing senior leader. The other player, my boss, was briefed that she needs me to focus my energy and competence on a new goal. And I was to lead my team to make a big, short-term course correction. She had to get me to make that change, when I was convinced that mine was the right strategy. Firing me was not an option.
Here’s what happened: I heard my conversation partner congratulate me on my impressive track record. But the appreciative words did not land at all. Instead I tightened up, because …

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