Summary of Becoming the Evidence-Based Manager

Making the Science of Management Work for You

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Becoming the Evidence-Based Manager book summary
Go beyond trusting your gut; use this scientific approach to leadership with proven methods.


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Leadership by instinct might work in some cases with naturally charming, supportive managers. However, techniques that work for such intuitive executives won’t necessarily work for everyone else. In contrast, “evidence-based management” uses scientifically proven methods all managers can employ to help staff members reach their highest potential. At least that’s the premise organizational psychologist Gary P. Latham puts forth in this extremely well-thought-out, superbly organized management methodology for hiring, training, motivating and evaluating employees. While his evidence-based processes are all sound managerial tactics, you’ll see a strong resemblance to anecdotal approaches – only with better backing. getAbstract recommends this readable, practical handbook to anyone who manages other people.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How “evidence-based management” differs from other management approaches
  • How to use the six basic lessons of evidence-based management to bring out the best in your employees


Art Versus Science
A common misconception holds that good leadership skills are innate. Not so. Managing people is difficult, and instinct and experience do not provide all the answers. Unfortunately, many experts concentrate their advice on the art of management, offering counsel that...
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About the Author

Gary P. Latham is a professor of organizational effectiveness at the University of Toronto, an award-winning researcher and an organizational consultant.

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