Across the country, millions of dollars are spent on teaching people about leadership. MBAs, corporate training, self-help seminars and conferences all seem to sell the magic elixir for being a great leader. However the foundational question is – what really works? What are the key, most important skills that make a leader successful. Instead of learning / mastering 100 things, or keeping up with “the flavor of the month” – what is the secret key that unlocks successful performance.
We all want to get better, to grow. But we have a limited amount of time and money to invest in our development. Can someone please just tell us what really works?
McKinsey Quarterly shared information on a recent scientific study that targeted just this question. What they reported was “leaders in organizations with high-quality leadership teams typically displayed 4 of the 20 possible types of behavior; these 4, indeed, explained 89 percent of the variance between strong and weak organizations in terms of leadership effectiveness”.*
Whether you are in an informal leadership role or a formal one, focusing on four known traits that can change you from weak to strong is a great place to start focusing as the new year starts.
The traits are…
- Be supportive
- Operate with strong results orientation
- Seek different perspectives
- Solve problems effectively
Over the next four weeks we will explore some thoughts on these proven action oriented traits. My challenge to you is… as you go through leadership situations this next week, think about how you applied these four action oriented traits.
*Decoding leadership: What really matters, January 2015 | byClaudio Feser, Fernanda Mayol, and Ramesh Srinivasan