Many Debate Which Leadership Traits to Develop
Thousands of books have been written about good leadership and the best leadership traits to develop. They make the case that great leaders have integrity and are generally self-aware, collaborative, inclusive, adaptable, courageous, authentic, and good communicators who can inspire others to follow them. We know from our leadership simulation assessment data that there is no arguing that these are the fundamentals of sound and effective leaders.
What About The Outliers?
But there are some popular leaders who display different attributes and still produce outstanding results. You only need to consider the leadership style of Steve Jobs. Love him or hate him, most would agree that he produced great results for Apple’s shareholders and users. In fact, there was little that was ordinary about him. And what would seem to fly in the face of leadership fundamentals served him and his shareholders quite well.
5 Leadership Traits to Develop for Your Unique Situation
While there will always be outliers and well-known leaders who the media report to have a dark side (e.g., Elizabeth Holmes, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Travis Kalanick), successful leaders seem to have five things in common that we think are worth a look to determine if they makes sense for your leadership development efforts:
The Bottom Line
Because every company and situation is different, there isn’t a single right way to lead a team or to develop leaders. But there are several leadership traits to develop if you want to lead others to higher performance. Effective leadership is about attracting, supporting, and connecting high performers with each other to reach new collective heights.
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