Magazine article Work & Family Life

Study Finds Parents Make Better Managers

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Study Finds Parents Make Better Managers

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Being a parent can enhance an employee's managerial ability-because raising children develops skills that are also useful on the job, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

"Based on previous research, we were fairly confident that our study would confirm that being committed to family increases a person's overall well-being, said Dr. Marian Ruderman, a research director at the Clark University Center for Creative Leadership and co-author of the report. "But our study shows for the first time that being a committed parent can improve a manager's work performance. Raising a family helps develop skills such as negotiating, compromising, conflict resolution and multitasking, which are important traits of successful managers."

Being able to manage the demands of children and running a household helps respondents better manage the stress of work instead of adding to it, said Dr. …

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