At one time, if you did your job reasonably well and behaved according to your boss’s norms and wishes, you would eventually get promoted into a leadership role.
That’s all changed.
To succeed now, you must possess an entirely different set of qualities. Here are some of the new leadership qualities that organizations seek these days.
How do you measure up against this list?
1. New leaders blend confidence with humility. They are self-assured in their ability to overcome problems, but stay grounded, accept feedback, and express gratitude.
2. New leaders are both strategic and tactical. They always keep the big picture in mind, can spot trends, and constantly think two or three steps ahead. Yet, they “sweat the details” and are good at execution.
3. New leaders inspire others. They are passionate and committed, and work with a sense of purpose. They operate with a sense of optimism and always look for the good in people and events.
4. New leaders possess integrity. They admit their mistakes, do not make excuses, avoid blaming others, and always take the high road in disputes.
5. New leaders are coachable. They admit they don’t know everything, recognize their own limitations, and encourage constructive feedback from others. They seek role models and mentors, are open to new ideas, and are willing to try different ways of doing things.
6. New leaders are kind people. They are effective communicators and can carry on good conversations with anyone. They are respectful of others and don’t let their egos get in their way. Others enjoy being around them.
7. New leaders display a high level of independence. They readily seek advice from others on important decisions but are comfortable making up their own mind and drawing their own conclusions.
8. New leaders have initiative. They quickly identify the things that need to be done and undertake those tasks with minimal prompting and supervision. They don’t wait to be told what to do.
9. New leaders demonstrate a high level of analytical rigour. They get to the heart of issues quickly. They are intelligent, not distracted by inconsequential issues, and make sound, well-thought-out judgments.
10. New leaders take a balanced approach to decision-making. They don’t jump to conclusions quickly and are not impulsive. Instead, they approach problems with an open mind and consider several different perspectives before arriving at a decision.
11. New leaders like to challenge the way things are done. They don’t automatically accept the traditional ways of doing things. In doing so, they may seem contrarian. But this is not because they are being difficult. It is because they refuse to blindly accept the norms and are assertive enough to speak up.
12. New leaders share their knowledge and enjoy helping others succeed. They are comfortable in their own skin. They understand that the more they share, the more they get back, and everyone is better off because of it.
Question: How do you measure up against these twelve traits of new leaders?