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Ready to lead?

I was asked recently what traits I look for to determine if someone is ready to move into a leadership role, either as a manager or as a thought leader.  This is easy if I have worked with the person because they will display the majority of these traits in their daily actions.

In addition to this post on Leadership, here are some of the traits that I looks for:

  • Consistently demonstrates core values
    • Respect for others
    • Strong work ethic
    • Honesty & Integrity
    • Self motivation
  • Discipline excellence
    • Deep discipline knowledge
    • Ability to mentor & coach others
    • Results focus
  • Leadership
    • Desire to lead
    • Consistently demonstrates accountability
    • Mobilizes others to action
    • Credibility
  • Soft skills
    • Communicates clearly and effectively
    • Self aware
    • Selfless
    • Responds well to feedback
    • Cares for others
      • Helps develops others
      • Demonstrates empathy

And the final item that I look for is:

Are others willing to follow that person’s lead?

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  1. November 30th, 2009 at 12:51 | #1

    You didn’t mention anything about delegation – I think having that power and using it wisely is vital in leadership.

  2. December 2nd, 2009 at 18:37 | #2

    I am always left wondering, however, how one defines leadership. Is leadership when President Bush makes a decision and sticks to it no matter what facts and situations change? That’s what much of the West thinks leadership is about. Or is it when President Obama collects data, takes the time to think, then adjusts his decision as the situation changes? Many people see this as a weak style.

    Maybe the times require a different kind of leadership than we had in the past – strong person imposing his/her will on the world – and more a collaborative, thoughtful individual who leads by insight and persuasion. I lean toward the latter style as the best style for a complex, interactive world.

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