Heads excel at people management

Business leaders could learn a few lessons from head teachers about people management, a survey has revealed.

The report, by education and management consultancy Hay McBer, said head teachers use a wider and more versatile range of leadership skills than business leaders. This had a positive effect on the performance and motivation of their staff.

The report, Lessons of Leadership, compared 200 business leaders and 200 head teachers with a model of effective leadership. It found that only two thirds of top business leaders were able to build teams and develop the capabilities of their staff, compared with all of the head teachers surveyed.

By Helen Gilbert

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