It is difficult to pick good leaders. Time and again, we complain about the quality of the men and women who run our companies, organizations, and governments. We bemoan their incompetence, their detachment, their lack of urgency. Inevitably we get rid of these leaders and move on to the next ones, usually with a bit of hope and excitement. Unfortunately the pattern repeats, and we find ourselves right back where we started, shaking our heads. Why does this happen? Why don’t we do a better job of picking effective leaders? For starters, the reason can be broken down into two areas: the “what” and the “how.” The “what” aspect refers to the particular qualities to seek in a potential leader. Should the person be empathic, smart, forward thinking, creative? Which attributes are most important? Once this question has been settled, the next hurdle is determining whether a candidate possesses the requisite traits. This is “the how.” Is the quality hidden? Is it measurable? Is the candidate bluffing? How can you fairly and accurately compare two or more candidates?
"From their work in succession planning and executive assessments, they have isolated seven leadership attributes that come up again and again, that provide the key to leadership success."Leadership Now
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