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Effective Leadership:

Leadership Attributes

The Pitfalls of the Leadership Attributes Models

By: Dave Ulrich, Jack Zenger, and Norm Smallwood, the authors of Results-Based Leadership


"People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision." ~ John C. Maxwell

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  • Rely on past and present attributes. Don't focus on future and don't anticipate new desired attributes.

  • Rather generic, resemble each other; are not tailored to specific requirements and don't reflect unique challenges of a firm

  • Theory-based models; don't focus enough on behaviors. Concept-based leadership attribute models don't have the power to build leadership excellence and effect change; behavior-based one do.

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  • HR-created models are less effective than line-created and owned attribute models. You must involve heavily line managers in crafting attribute models to increase their commitment to them.

  • Leadership attributes models need to be deployed and used, not just created

  • Leadership attributes models must define qualities of all leaders and self-leaders, not just those at the top echelon.






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