Four Leadership Behaviors

McKinsey & Company made a study of leadership behaviors. To answer what sort of leadership behavior organizations should encourage, they came up with a list of 20 distinct leadership traits. They then surveyed 189,000 people in 81 different types of organizations around the world. They divided the organizations by what they measured as leadership effective.

Of the 20 traits, they found the top groups displayed 4 of the traits more often. These top 4 traits are:

Be supportive. Support others by sensing how they feel. Show sincere interest in those around them. Allay fears. Dissipate internal conflict.

Operate with strong results orientation. Communicate a vision and set objectives but also follow through to achieve results. Emphasize efficiency and productivity; prioritize.

Seek different perspectives. Monitor trends that affect the organization and changes in environment. Look at employees for ideas to improve performance. Distinguish important from unimportant issues.

Solve problems effectively. Gather information, analyze it and make decisions based on it.

These may not be the only important traits for your company or leadership, but they should be considered.

Jody Victor

Source: http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/leading_in_the_21st_century/decoding_leadership_what_really_matters