Recognizing leadership is the greatest problem that organizations face in their quest to find leadership. In most cases, organizations use the wrong tools to find leaders. These tools are often biased, needlessly analytical and based on untested theories. Nearly 100-years ago, Dale Carnegie looked at leadership and boiled the matter down to seven simple words: How to Win Friends and Influence People.
One great way to find leaders is to give people responsibility and watch how they use it. Leaders show results. They see a way to attack a problem and get the work done. Here, then, is a 15 point test to identify leaders, written by Mike Myatt, a leadership advisor to Fortune 500 corporations.
1. No Vision
A leader must rally the organization and aim at a clear goal. Without vision, organizational goals become murky, and it becomes difficult to motivate teams, inspire individuals and maintain the impetus that’s necessary to meet those goals.
2. Good Character Is a Leadership Quality
A leader who cuts ethical corners and lacks integrity will eventually fail himself and the organization.
3. Leadership Performance Matters
People who show a track record of success is a good indicator of future success. Performance matters more than a potential for success. A long list of accomplishments is not always evidence of future success, but those proven accomplishments should not be dismissed.
4. The Ability To Learn
Great leaders are not boisterous. They admit they don’t have all the answers and are willing to learn from others. People who grow in their leadership roles will grow the organization. Curiosity is one badge that a great leader wears.
5. Communication Matters
Poor communication by a leader to an organization is an indicator of poor leadership. A good leader is a great listener who can communicate to organization personnel and across all types of groups and mediums.
6. Ego and Pride Hinder Leadership
A leader who thinks only of ego and self will not create loyalty, trust and confidence in an organization. Giving credit to others and embracing blame when applicable are leadership qualities.
7. Embracing The Inner Barney
This doesn’t mean acting like Barney. A leader will show empathy, kindness and loyalty to those around him.
A great leader can adapt to changing situations. Adaptation works for nature, and it works equally well in organizations.
9. Focused Discipline
Discipline in meeting goals and motivating people to meet those goals are leaders. That takes unerring focus.
Satisfaction with the status quo is an organization killer. Organizations can’t be static and must build for the future.
11. Who Is Always Right?
Customers must be won by satisfying them. That builds loyalty toward the organization. The leader must be certain that everyone understands that.
12. Investing In the Team
Leaders credit their teams for success and take responsibility for failure.
14. Create Organization Culture
The organization culture must be created by the leader. Outside influences must be assessed, and bad influences must be refused entrance. A leader who creates the organization culture will understand it completely.
A leader has chutzpah. Challenging the norm and changing the status quo are what a leader does.
These are elements necessary to find great leaders. A leadership training NJ organization can assist in finding those leaders.