Monday, 21 October 2013

4 Key Leadership Characteristics

Posted by My Own Coach Ltd on 20:47 with No comments
There has been a lot written about the difference between managing and leading over the years. I particularly like the four important characteristics of leadership taken from the work by James Kouze & Barry Posner, summarised here as:
  • Honest: leaders are expected to be truthful, ethical and act in a principled manner. In order to gain trust, their words and behaviour need to be consistent. 
  • Competent: leaders must be credible and capable of carrying out what they are responsible for in order for people to follow them. 
  • Forward Looking: leaders must be concerned with the long term, clearly setting, communicating and steering direction. 
  • Inspirational: people follow those who are passionate, energetic and real, inspiring us with their confidence and 'can do' attitude 
Do you consider yourself a leader, or are you a manager? Then, how do you measure up to these?

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