WHAT MAKES A LEADER?
Adapted from The Harvard Business Review
Every businessperson knows a story about a highly intelligent, highly skilled executive who was promoted into a leadership position only to fail at the job. And they also know a story about someone with solid – but not extraordinary – intellectual abilities and technical skills who was promoted into a similar position and then soared. Such anecdotes support the widespread belief that identifying individuals with the “right stuff” to be leaders is more art than science. After all, the personal styles of superb leaders vary: Some leaders are subdued an...
Leaders today are busier than perhaps ever before. With so many demands, we often find ourselves careening from task to task and decision to decision. But true leadership doesn’t just happen. To effectively lead our teams, we must purposefully choose how we conduct ourselves and engage with others. Leading with purpose means being intentional about the actions we take in order to best serve our team members, customers, and organization—and achieve better, more lasting results.
Research has shown that successful leaders need more than business training and technical skills—they must have high levels of “emotional intelligence.” People who ar...
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