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Family Life Can Make You A Better Boss


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New research from the University of Georgia found that a working parent's positive interactions with their child during off hours can make them a better leader.

The team describes their work in "Positive Family Events Facilitate Effective Leader Behaviors at Work: A Within-Individual Investigation of Family-Work Enrichment," published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

The study examined two samples of managers, measuring whether participants had experienced positive interactions with their families each day after work. The study also looked at whether participants felt connected to their family and satisfied with their family life in general.

The researchers also analyzed leadership practices. The results showed links between positive family interactions after hours and more effective leadership during the workday.

"One thing I think is important to know is that leaders could be more effective because of their family life," says Szu Han (Joanna) Lin, lead author of the study and an assistant professor in UGA's Terry College of Business.

From University of Georgia
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