Hello SOTGC community,
These days telling women in executive e roles that leadership drives performance is a bit like saying oxygen is necessary to breathe. Over 95% of executive women already plan to advance their leadership development. They see making an investment in them is the single most important human-capital issue organizations are facing today. McKinney research consistently shows good leadership is the critical part of the overall health of the organizational.
This leads to the burning issue of what type of leadership behavior should organizations expect and encourage. Could leadership be so contextual it defies the standard development approach? Companies are perplexed to where they should concentrate their efforts and not fully understanding the priorities? Because of the lack of understanding most are making quick decisions without fully understanding the consequences this will have on the organization. Leadership development programs address a range of topics, which will explain why only a small percentage of CEOs have the confidence in their training investments.
My most current research suggests that a small subgroup of leadership skills closely connect with leadership success. Using my own practical experience, interviewing past and current clients from the C-Suite, and searching current writings, I was able to come up with four distinct leadership traits most desired by today’s CEOs.
- Vulnerability. The boldest act of a leader is to be openly vulnerable. This is a BIG mindset shift. You need to see the objectives of the business through the eyes of the people you lead. This invites inclusion and they become the drivers of business success. When you are vulnerable and involve your audience they will feel more connected, respected, and invested in what a leader has to share.
- Effective Problem Solving. Before decision-making comes problem solving. A leader must first gather, analyze, and consider information. Effective evaluation is the critical step to solving problems quickly.
- Strong Communication. Leadership is more than developing and communicating a mission and vision. It is also about setting objectives and follow-through to achieving results. Strong leaders will communicate the desired results and emphasize the importance productivity and efficiencies.
- Support and Recognize The Team. Leaders need to be supportive and understanding of members of the team. Be sincere, authentic, build trust, inspire, and be the problem solver to overcome challenges.
From experience it is clear different business situations require different leadership styles. The four traits listed here I believe represents the core leadership behaviors relevant in most organizations today. For CEOs uncertain where to invest in the development of their current or future leaders, these four areas is a great place to start.
Where will you start to advance your leadership skills?