Summary of How to Break Bad Management Habits Before They Reach the Next Generation of Leaders

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Humans are hardwired to learn by imitation and are creatures of habit. Leadership coach Elizabeth Lyle argues that these two powerful human tendencies will set the next generation of leaders up for failure. Using a single anecdote, she explains how senior and middle managers can work together to annihilate bad management habits and prepare their organization to succeed in the business environment of the future. Leadership coaches, as well as current and aspiring senior managers, will benefit from Lyle’s practical insights.

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Leadership development expert Elizabeth Lyle is a partner and managing director at the Boston Consulting Group. 

 

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Leadership coach Elizabeth Lyle is concerned about the future of leadership. She realizes that today’s middle managers – “our pipeline of future talent” – are adopting the bad habits of their superiors. These traits are ill-suited for leading organizations of the future, where “speed, flexibility, trust and cooperation” will become vital leadership assets. Once ingrained, bad leadership habits are difficult to shake off.

Consider Jane, a highly accomplished senior manager with a staid, top-down management style, and John, an exceptionally talented manager who...


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