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Refs wear the striped black and white shirt so that they can be easily identified as a ref, the person who can make the decision on the field quickly and authoritatively. Leaders in business need to have this same level of identification and deliber

To Be A Better Leader, Learn How To Referee Work Relationships

Refs wear the striped black and white shirt so that they can be easily identified as a ref, the person who can make the decision on the field quickly and authoritatively. Leaders in business need to have this same level of identification and deliberate decision making, according to this post by Ken Blanchard and Scott Blanchard. Refs (and leaders) are also powerful as a single point for decision making because they are removed from the personal when making decisions: they aren't making calls because they are friends with the people affected by them. Objectivity is a big part of gaining the respect and power of a leadership position.

About Anne Grybowski

Anne is a former staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success, with a degree in Media Studies from Penn State University.

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