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Competencies of Excellent Leaders


By Doug Van Dyke, Leadership Simplified, www.leadershipsimplified.com


The formula for becoming an excellent leader is elusive. There are a litany of approaches and theories on leadership that address specific competencies. In fact, we addressed this topic in one of our more popular newsletters entitled Competencies of Leadership – Foot-Soldier, Aerial, Satellite. A recent study has tried their hand, and revealed the 16 competencies that they believe top leaders should possess. Here is a quick look at their top five:

  1. Takes Initiative
  2. Practices Self-Development
  3. Displays High Integrity and Honesty
  4. Drives for Results
  5. Develops Others


Not a surprising list. However, I find it interesting that developing oneself and developing team members placed in so high in the list. Certainly leaders must deliver results and be ethical in the process, but it is so important to help others grow along the way. Taking time to engage in formal and informal coaching is not only imperative to better accomplish team goals, but it is mission critical in increasing the bench strength of your organization. Remember: Good leaders develop other good leaders.    


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Posted by Doug Van Dyke on 2013-09-04 at 07:07 AM
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