"People buy into the
before they buy into the
~ John C. Maxwell
Leadership attributes are the inner or personal qualities
effective leadership. These attributes include a large array
of characteristics such as
values, character, motives,
competencies, motives, style, behaviors, and skills.
Most of the leadership attributes cluster into four
overarching categories of what you
need to be, know, and do:
Engender organizational capability.1
12 Major Causes of
Failure in Leadership
leadership is always important to corporate performance, there is a growing
realization that effective leaders with integrity are absolutely crucial to successfully navigating the New
Economy of the 21st Century. In addition there is also a growing
realization that the characteristics of the Leader of the 21st
century are dramatically different than the leader of the past, even the
is valued currency. It
allows us to create bonds of
trust, it gives us insights into what others may be feeling
it helps us understand how or why others are
reacting to situations, it sharpens our “people acumen” and
informs our decisions. Empathy is also particularly critical to
leadership development in this age of young, independent,
highly marketable and mobile workers...
refers to your capacity to recognize your own feelings and those of others,
motivating yourself, and for managing
emotions well in yourself and in your
Research4 show that
67% of the essential competencies required for
effective leadership today are emotional competencies.
Emotionally intelligent leaders are more likely
achieve results and are effective in dealing with the complexity involved
in leading change and
transformation. These leaders excel at building relationships that
result in a
adaptive and resonant
9 Signs of a
You must build not only individual commitment but also
Organizational capability refers to the processes, practices,
and activities that create value for the organization.3 You need
the ability to translate organizational direction into
vision into action, and purpose into process. To do so, you must
demonstrate at least five abilities: to build your organizational
leverage diversity; to
design human resource systems; and to
make change happen...
Why Change Fails:
Pitfalls of the
Leadership Attributes Model
Though leadership attributes models, in particular the
ARE-DO-KNOW approach, received enormous attention in the
past, they have a number of pitfalls.
they reduce leadership improvement to development of leader's attributes
only. Results are not emphasized.
"Leaders exhibiting attributes without results have ideas
without substance. They teach what they have not learned. They can talk a
good scenario and even act on sound general principles, but they fail to
deliver. These means – attributes – have become their end. Often popular
because of their charm or charisma, they are not long remembered because
their leadership depended more on who they are and how they behave than on
what they accomplish."1...
has relentless emphasis on results.
It's simple equation:
Effective leadership =
"This equation suggests that leaders must strive for
excellence in both terms: that is, they must both demonstrate attributes and
achieve results. Each term of the equation multiplies each other; they are
Habits, Qualities and Traits of True Leaders...
Learning to Lead...
Positioning of a Leader...
- the New Leadership Story...
Emotional Task of the Leader...
The Four E's of Leadership...
Four Competency Areas of Emotional
Gardner’s Leadership Attributes...
Lessons for Leaders by Colin Powell...
Case in Point