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Are you a buddy boss?

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While it is OK to be a friendly boss, being a "buddy boss" is quite another kettle of fish. At least that's the opinion of Dan McCarthy, director of executive development programs at Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at University of New Hampshire in Durham. 

In his "Great Leadership" blog, McCarthy stresses, "No matter how close a manager may feel to an employee, 'friendliness' should never be confused with 'friendship.' However, many managers have special friendships and don't think it's a problem at all."

A study conducted by Lauren Rivera, professor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Ill., reveals that some managers hire employees in a manner "more closely resembling the choice of friends or romantic partners than employees." 

The Northwestern study looked at hiring in elite investment banks, law firms and management consulting firms. Rivera conducted 120 interviews with ...(register to read more)

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