Decoding leadership: What really matters?

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Decoding leadership: What really matters?

Feb 26, 2017

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So much is written on leadership and how organisations need to challenge their leaders on ways of approaching issues, whether from a personal developmental perspective or,  from a corporate vision point of view.

How does one begin to sort through the massive amounts of leadership information which pass our desks and electronic devices daily?

New research suggests that the secret to developing effective leaders is to encourage four types of behaviour.

McKinsey & Company is a global firm with offices in more than 60 countries. They define themselves as a client service firm committed to making a positive difference to the world.  They do this by providing knowledge and skills to help other organisations make a difference.

At the beginning of 2015 they suggested, after completing some recent research on this topic, that there exists a small subset of leadership skills, which correlates closely to leadership success. In a short but concise article, the authors highlight four kinds of behaviour which account for 89% of leadership success.  The list is credible and the explanations kept short and to the point:

• Solving problems effectively
• Operating with a strong results orientation
• Seeking different perspectives
• Supporting others

Think about the leaders you have interacted with.  Have they demonstrated these behaviours and if so (or not), what was the impact as a result?

Read the full article here and enjoy a few moments of sanity on the topic of leadership.

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