What do Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson, Kevin McHale, Bryan Trottier, Ted Williams, and Isaiah Thomas have in common? They were all phenomenal athletes with long careers. But, here’s something else they have in common: they were terrible coaches.
On the flip side of that, you have mediocre players (or people who didn’t play at all) who are excellent coaches. How is this? The skills required to excel are completely different. This is a lesson businesses could stand to learn. Being a skilled specialist, or having logged more time in the company than someone else are not the qualities that will necessarily lead to effective managing.