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The Traits of Successful Leadership

 -  10/17/12

Build successful leaders by focusing on creating alignment and synergy throughout the organization.

Successful leaders are perceived as admired, respected and trusted. Great leaders are self-aware and lead with intent and purpose. Leaders who create organizational alignment become catalysts for other leaders to emulate.

Overall, successful leaders:

Close the gap between how they view themselves and how others view them by viewing their leadership through the lens of others. This involves seeking feedback. To be effective, leaders must leave their egos at the door and seek open and honest feedback from individuals who are critical to their success. Leaders must also be attentive to feedback. If they aren’t communicating, leaders must seek to understand what is preventing them from communicating.

View feedback as information rather than criticism. Feedback is information that helps successful leaders prosper; it brings clarity and empowers leaders to get stronger. Unsuccessful leaders, on the other hand, view feedback as criticism, discounting feedback that is contrary to self-perception. Leaders must view feedback as information.

Remove barriers that exist and take ownership for how they are perceived. Successful leaders determine what is standing in the way from being perceived more favorably. They take responsibility for not being perceived with admiration, respect and trust. They identify the actions needed to be perceived more favorably.

Moving forward, they adjust by leading intentionally. Over time, perceptions begin to change as leaders begin to consistently work to be admired, respected and trusted. This requires leaders to commit to continuously working on themselves.

Unsuccessful leaders who lead egocentrically do not have the ability to lead intentionally. Ignoring contrary feedback, such leaders take a defensive posture and do not have the ability to remove barriers that exist.

Create business synergy by establishing clear business strategies, goals and objectives. These leaders have a clear sense of not only what needs to be done, but how it needs to get done. They devise a strategy that will drive the organization forward. They separate themselves by clearly communicating the strategy and connecting people to the strategy, creating a shared vision across the organization.

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