It’s well known that strong management is a critical part of organizational health. But exactly what type of leadership behavior is most effective?
Using their own practical experience and searching the relevant academic literature, researchers at McKinsey & Co. came up with a comprehensive list of 20 distinct leadership traits. They surveyed 189,000 people in 81 diverse organizations worldwide to assess how frequently certain kinds of leadership behavior are applied within their organizations. They divided the sample into organizations whose leadership performance was strong (the top quartile of leadership effectiveness as measured by McKinsey’s Organizational Health Index) and those that were weak (bottom quartile) and found that these four kinds of behavior account for 89% of leadership success:
Solving problems effectively. The process that precedes decision making is problem solving, when information is gathered and analyzed. This is deceptively difficult to get right,...
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To answer this question, Dr. Sunnie Giles, Founder of Quantum Leadership Group, completed a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries. Participants were asked to choose the 15 most important leadership competencies from a list of 74. She grouped the top 10 competencies into five major themes, all of which have less to do with authority and more to do with our basic human needs:
Strong ethics and sense of safety. This theme combines two of the three most highly rated attributes: high ethical and moral standards and communicating clear expectations. “A leader with high ethical standards conveys a commitment to fairness, instilling confidence that both they and their employees will honor the rules of the game. Similarly, when leaders clearly communicate their expectations, they avoid blindsiding people and ensure that everyone is on the same page,” says Giles.
Empowers others to self-organize. Providing clear direction while allowing employees to organize their own time and work is...
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If you are supervising employees or contemplating adding employees to your staff, your success will be measured by how your employees feel about you.
Studies show that having a good boss is more important than other work factors, including income earned. Almost half of those who report their bosses are inferior are more likely to leave their current position.
Most bosses don’t wake up in the morning with an intention to treat their employees poorly. The gap lies between intention and delivery. Many bosses haven’t been trained in the skills required to build productive, empowering relationships with their employees.
The best bosses:
Recognize effort and don’t expect perfection. They use mistakes and failures as learning opportunities rather than a cause to belittle and/or embarrass.
Are positive rather than negative. To improve relationships, some experts recommend a 5-1 ratio of positive to negative comments. Become aware of your positive comments to ensure you’re...
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