In my role as an executive coach I always ask my client the question “what are the attributes of a highly effective leader?” Invariably they are able to enunciate a number of well-accepted characteristics that leaders use to engage and motivate others for superior results.
However when I interpret their LSI 360 diagnostic their actual behaviours do not always align with the effective leadership behaviours they have listed. This is what I call the “knowing – doing gap”
Question – How well do you “do” the following leadership characteristics?
- Having an achievement orientation – setting vision, providing a sense of purpose, setting goals for self and team
- Keeping your eye on the bigger picture and not being easily distracted.
- Being prepared to take on challenges – not avoiding them
- Believing your effort makes a difference
- Being authentic and comfortable with who you are
- Seeing the best in others – helping them reach their potential
- Building effective relationships with your staff – knowing them, valuing them, guiding them
- Being vulnerable – not needing to know everything
- Showing humility – not trying to appear superior