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Davidson is a certified professional trainer, business coach and management consultant.
Driven by passion, he is an engaging and versatile presenter with over 20 years of experience in the training industry. Over the course of his career, he has trained over 1,000 companies comprising start-ups, SMEs, MNCs, government agencies and others all over Southeast Asia.
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Stripping Leadership Bare
The term “leadership” is certainly becoming the favourite buzzword of the corporate and entrepreneurial scene. 90% of CEOs (according to McKinsey Quarterly – Decoding Leadership: What really matters) are already increasing their investment in leadership development programs. Yes, practically everyone agrees that it is the numero uno human capital issue that is to be taken very seriously. Yet only 43% of the CEOs cited earlier are confident that their training investment in leadership will bear fruit.
Now why is that?
“Leadership behavior” covers a wide range of behavioural traits from role-modelling and quick decision-making to innovative thinking and risk-taking. What remain unresolved is identifying the leadership skills that really drive success in an organization and that is precisely why 43% of CEOs are not sure if their smorgasbord of leadership development programs will give them the ROI they are looking for.
Enter our friends from McKinsey Insights who conducted a study to identify the small subset of leadership skills that correlate with leadership success. They stripped leadership down to four bare traits that are at the core of success:
#1 Effective Problem Solving
Ok this is a no-brainer, a leader who isn’t able to solve problems isn’t going to lead the team and the company in an upward trajectory. While effective decision-making skills is essential the ability to problem solve precedes that.
A successful leader is one who has their eye on the ball always. Leadership isn’t only about developing and communicating a vision but also possessing the necessary follow-through to achieve them. Result-oriented leaders nurture efficiency and productivity while always prioritizing high-value work above everything else.
#3 Seek different perspectives
Good leaders usually base their decisions on sound analysis and seeking the opinions of others. Successful managers are also those who have their finger on trends that are affecting the organization as well as continuously encouraging employees to contribute ideas that can improve performance.
#4 Support others
Successful leaders inspire and build trust amongst colleagues through being authentic and sincere. They help colleagues through difficult challenges, intervene to improve efficiency, allay unwarranted fears about external issues and are quick to prevent positive energy from dissipating because of internal conflict.
While this survey may not be an exact science, it is indeed food for thought and you would do well to design basic leadership workshops around these 4 traits before moving along to other leadership traits that may appear more edgy or hip.