When plans don’t go as we hoped they would, or we get discouraged, we may ask ourselves what went wrong. What kind of a leader have I become? I recently read a very interesting article that provided the ten most important characteristics of a good leader. The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) is known for its rigorous research on leadership styles. Their commitment to growing good leaders is unparalleled.
Based on their research – interviews with leaders from many parts of the world – CCL found a consistent core of leadership traits. They are…
• Honesty • Commitment
• Ability to delegate • Positive attitude
• Communication • Creativity
• Sense of humor • Ability to inspire
•Confidence • Intuition
I have already blogged about self-awareness – a good start on knowing if we possess any of these qualities. Another test might be to focus on a good leader we know and ask, “do they have these characteristics?”
May this information help your organization select and develop strong and authentic leaders.
Author: Adrianne Geiger DuMond, Executive Coaches of Orange County, www.ECofOC.org