I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at Cass Business School in London.
I work particularly on the idea of 'expert leadership'. We are accustomed to seeing organizations from Fortune 500 firms to hospitals choosing charismatic general managers for senior leadership positions over core-business experts (such as doctors in hospitals). My research suggests that this may be wrong; organizations on average perform better when they are led by individuals with expert knowledge.
In random samples of 35,000 US and UK workers, we found that a boss's technical competence is the single strongest predictor of a worker's job satisfaction. Our latest research suggests that this happens because expert leaders understand how to create the right work environment, and how to appropriately assess, consult and support staff.
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