Are All Great Leaders Good Managers?

The answer to this and several other questions were the center of debate on May 15, 2012 at the “Women in Business: London” event, which took place in the heart of London within Google’s casual atmosphere.

Many top managers of UK companies attended this event. Alex Polin Executive Search Partner Nataliya Zhakina took part in the meeting with great interest.

Among the speakers of the event, there were representatives of such companies as Google, Microsoft and Nokia. Each spokes person shared their insight and experiences of leadership in the management of their organizations.

According to Sarah Speake, Google’s Director of Strategic Marketing, creating a wonderful product is up to only truly talented people, and only truly talented managers can collect and retain such people. “Google tools, familiar to all users, embody the hard work of more than 30,000 employees worldwide. How do we manage to rule such a large team efficiently?

“It's simple. For us, Google is primarily people. When hiring new employees, we give preference to more talented candidates, who want to learn and grow with us, rather than those more experienced. The passions of our employees are as diverse as the audience of our company - from biking and Frisbee to beekeeping and old dances. In this case, everyone feels free to express themselves. The company's corporate policy supports that; it is verifiable by the imaginative interior of any of our offices.

“We strive to maintain the atmosphere of a startup, where everyone can freely express their thoughts and suggestions, contributing to the development of a common cause. We believe that the opportunity to quietly discuss new ideas and exchange views allows us to develop and move forward. In our opinion, leadership is about inspiring and supporting the inner freedom of each member of the team.”

“I was very happy to visit such an interesting event, and learn the best practices of colleagues in the field of management and leadership, since this subject is very relevant in Ukraine. After all, many of our companies seek an answer to the question about forming an effective team, which would be striving for outstanding results. However, not many people think that the style of team management is one of the key success factors,” shared Nataliya Zhakina. “I would like to quote Lao Tzu: ‘A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When the work is done, the aim fulfilled, they will all say, “We did it ourselves.”’ It captures the essence of deep leadership, in my opinion, and is also in tune with the views heard today.”



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