In Brief

The company conducted a recent survey to determine what its employees thought were the most important managerial traits.

Google, the top dog of data-driven ingenuity, recently conducted a study called Project Oxygen to help them identify and define the key traits of good management. They surveyed employees and created complex data metrics to finally narrow it down to eight traits, the least important of which ended up being the possession of a wide base of technical expertise the better to advise your team about operations-type problems with. While this knowledge is still valued in a leader by Google’s employees, it is not valued above all other things.

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