July 2016 | Nano Tools | Leadership
Nano Tools for Leaders® are fast, effective leadership tools that you can learn and start using in less than 15 minutes — with the potential to significantly impact your success as a leader and the engagement and productivity of the people you lead.
Contributor: Alan S. Berson, educator, leadership and communications consultant, executive coach, and primary author of Leadership Conversations: Challenging High-Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders.
Harness the value of diverse perspectives on your team to achieve more profitable outcomes.
Numerous studies have shown that diverse teams outperform more homogenous ones. They tend to be more innovative, they make better decisions, and they add more to their organization’s bottom line. For leaders, though, diversity (or divergent thoughts) can be a challenge, especially for those who are set in their ways or under time pressures. It can lead to conflict that results in the silencing of the very viewpoints that are a strength of diverse teams. Instead, practice the five Action Steps below to better manage and lead teams to profit from their diversity.
Nano Tools for Leaders® was conceived and developed by Deb Giffen, MCC, Director of Innovative Learning Solutions at Wharton Executive Education. It is jointly sponsored by Wharton Executive Education and Wharton's Center for Leadership and Change Management, Wharton Professor of Management Michael Useem, Director. Nano Tools Academic Director is Professor John Paul MacDuffie, Professor of Management at the Wharton School and Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI) at Wharton's Mack Institute for Innovation Management.
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