As a business consultant for the past 15 years I’ve witnessed more ineffective leadership examples than I care to remember. And nothing impacts the overall health of the organization more negatively than bad leadership!
In all those years, however, I’ve also noticed a significant trend among companies that do not suffer from poor leadership issues. Over and over again those leaders who do elicit the best from their direct reports, who achieve higher performance objectives, who have lower turnover and who’s companies grow more, all share some basic natural talents for leadership. They all share competencies that the under-performing leaders simply do not possess.
The most commonly occurring of these competencies are:
There’s an old quote that goes, “Hire for hard skills – fire for soft skills.” Basically, this means that we often hire people based on the tangible hard skills we can see (e.g., experience, resume/CV, education, etc.). Conversely, we often have to fire people because they do not possess the intangible soft traits that so significantly drive performance as a leader.
The best performing companies, however, do the best job of measuring and understanding these traits (and others). They do a much better job of making these intangible tangible, visible and quantified, and use this knowledge in hiring and developmental scenarios. The results: human turnover goes down, productivity goes up, sick-leave goes down, theft goes down and overall profitability increases.
So as not to be one to tell you what to do, then leave you alone to figure out how to do it, I’m including a link with this article that will allow you to complete a free talent profile that will measure these natural leadership talents.
Whether it’s yourself as a leader and you’re seeking to understand where your greatest strengths and weaknesses may lie, of a leader who reports to you that you’re hoping to help; this profile will help make tangible those key traits.
To complete this free online profile, simply click on the link below. It will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete, is completely confidential and your results will be emailed back to you alone (then destroyed).