Why Google’s Best Leaders Aren’t Stanford Grads With Perfect Sats | Inc.com

Crunching the numbers on the question of what makes a successful leader, Google found outthat leaders must be predictable and consistent. When managers are predictable, they eliminatean obstacle from employees’ progress–themselves. Managers have their own tendency to interfere, dictate, second-guess, and be a backseat driver. Without this obstacle, employees don’t have to worry about whether their manager will try to jump in or suddenly veer in a different direction. Instead, they have the mental space to dogreat work. On the flip side, asLaszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google, puts it , “If your manager is all over the place, you’re never going to know what you can do, and you’re going to experience it as very restrictive.” But “[i]f a leader is consistent, people on their teams experience tremendous freedom.” The kicker is that Google’s use of data is so powerful that it was able to refute the bias of the company’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Both are top university grads with high GPAs, and when the company was founded, Page and Brin looked only for candidates whose elite educational background mirrored theirs. “For years, candidates were screened according to SAT scores and college grade-point averages, metrics favored by its founders,” says Prasad Setty , vice president for people analytics. However, even the founders couldn’t argue with the data, and this new discovery actually changedorganizational behavior. Now candidates are evaluated on interview questions that examine their complex problem-solving abilities. Autonomy is the key to employee happiness and outsized performance. The freedom that a consistent leader provides is a powerful force because having autonomy over yourwork is one of the bestmotivators of personal productivity.
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