Are effective leaders born? Is there an effective leader personality? Is effectiveness a gift like an ear for music? If the answer to these questions were to be yes, we and the companies we work for would all be in a lot of trouble; being born gifted is something that rarely happens.
I have spent most of my twenty five years as a consultant looking into what makes a leader effective. I have found that, while personalities, intellects, and temperament may vary from one extreme to another, no, it’s not a gift, effectiveness can be learned.
There are 5 habits an effective leader must learn and practice all day, every day.
- The effective leader knows where their time goes.
- They focus on their contributions outside of themselves.
- They build on their strengths and the strengths of the people around them.
- They concentrate on the things only they can do.
- They make good decisions after careful consideration.
Being an effective leader is a skill that can be learned. Get your leadership team into training sessions. Commit to developing their skills, hold them accountable to using those skills. And do it now, the longer you wait the greater likelihood that they will disengage and leave you or worse disengage and stay.