I’ve been reading my Harvard Business Reviews again, and I came across a blog article called “The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According the Leaders Around the World,” written by Sunnie Giles, an executive coach and leadership development consultant. She polled 195 leaders in 15 countries, working at 30 different global organizations. And here’s the list of leadership qualities they came up with:
- Strong ethics and safety
- Has high ethical and moral standards
- Self organizing
- Provides goals and objectives with loose guidelines and direction
- Clearly communicates expectations
- Efficient learning
- Has the flexibility to change opinions
- Nurtures growth
- Is committed to my ongoing training
- Connection and belonging
- Communicates often and openly
- Is open to new ideas and approaches
- Creates a feeling of succeeding and failing together
- Helps me grow into a next-generation leader
- Provides safety for trial and error
Interesting. So I researched the internet and saw what Forbes Magazine had to say about the “Top 10 Qualities that Make a Great Leader.” They mentioned:
- Positive Attitude
- Interaction with Others
That second Forbes article, perhaps not as well informed as the article written by the executive coach that asked 195 different leaders, was not too far off the mark, either. When I looked at the lists together, one thing came to mind.
Does your manager allow her team to try and fail, all the while encouraging them to succeed? Does her team feel like they’re treated honestly and fairly in her command? Teams that are watching their backs aren’t producing or innovating at their highest level, so helping your manager create a culture of safety is an imperative.
If your manager has high level of integrity, then you’re starting with the right building blocks. Managers who are truthful and care about their teams have a shorter road to travel to create that culture of safety. As a Revolutionary Assistant, you can help her reinforce that sense of safety with constant communication.
Help her encourage change – Safety is the devil you know! Teams are more likely to venture into the unknown and embrace new ideas when their manager is at the helm, leading the charge.
Help her celebrate small successes – Teams that feel like they’re winners are more likely to want to charge ahead.
Help her acknowledge the defeats with grace – No blame! Team members often make mistakes and that’s the price we all pay for being human. If the team realizes their manager understands that failure is a possibility and they’re not going to pay the ultimate price, then they’re likely to keep testing new waters.
Encourage social networks – Team building and social time are important to a team, especially if they’re going to work well together. Social time helps people learn to support each other, creating levels of trust within the team.
A fearless team is a successful team. Help your manager develop that #1 leadership trait by assisting in the creation of a safety culture!
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