August 13, 2005

What is True Leadership

This is directly from the book by Suzanne Bates.

Here is the leadership value system articulated by our 293 respondents, in roughly descending order:

  • Integrity. .Responses in this category referred to both business dealings and personal interactions. The words most frequently used by respondents to frame this concept were honesty, integrity,ethics, fairness, candor,sincerity, trustworthiness, and truthfulness .
  • Vision.
  • Listening.
  • Giving feedback. Participants place a priority on giving credit where credit is due, including public praise for a job well done. They cited offering positive feedback when deserved and valuing employees' contributions.
  • Emotional intelligence. Treating people well and having empathy and compassionate highly rated.
  • Communication skills.
  • Knowledge and intelligence.
  • Managerial skills.
  • Follow-through ... Strong leaders are consistently concerned about how things come out, not just how they begin
  • Humility. An authentic leader is humble -- willing to seek information and advice and to admit mistakes when they occur.
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