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The Reactor Factor: How to Handle Difficult Work Situations Without Going Nuclear by Marsha Petrie Sue

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Chapter 4. What Leaders Want

Attitude, Core Values, Outcomes

What do leaders want? They want you, the employee, manager, director, or supervisor, to take personal responsibility for all of the outcomes of your actions. It's a pretty simple request, really. However, most people do not learn what this means, or do not have the role models to help them be totally accountable for their results.

Do you have any idea why you were hired for your job, or how you will move to your next position? Do you know what your leader, shareholders, or people in power at your company want from you? My independent research found that leaders say ...

NO to:

  • Negative comments

  • Arrogance and self-absorption

  • Being withdrawn and failing to participate

  • Lack of tact

  • Unprofessional appearance

  • Lack of experience

  • Poor skill set

  • A sense of entitlement

  • Being unprepared and unwilling to do research

YES to:

  • Expressing enthusiasm

  • Taking initiative

  • Experience

  • Professional dress

  • Engaging colleagues and clients

  • Displaying maturity

  • Speaking articulately

  • Showing a sense of confidence

 

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

 
 --Steve Jobs, American entrepreneur, Apple co-founder

My goal in writing this book is to include information from a variety of leaders and executives to give the reader real-world examples. There are some common threads among what these leaders from a wide range of industries want in their employees.

Jim Myers has been an executive and president of several Fortune 500 companies. He is currently President ...

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