How does one decode leadership?
What is it that really matters?
Does it really matter?
New research (Claudio Feser, Fernanda Mayol, and Ramesh Srinivasan | McKinsey Quarterly | Jan 2015) recommends four types of behaviour that is intrinsic to effective leadership.
The researchers, from experience and from literature, came up with a list of 20 distinct leadership traits, surveyed 189,000 people in 81 diverse organisations in different industries and geographies to come out with the most important four.
These 4 kinds of behavior account for 89 percent of leadership effectiveness.
- Solve Problems Effectively – Although difficult to get right, it is a key input into decision making – from daily ones, such as how to handle a team conflict to major ones such as a merger.
- Strong Results Orientation – Communicating a vision and setting objectives is important, but leadership includes following through to achieve results.
- Seeking Different Perspectives – Leaders base their decisions on sound analysis, encourage their team to contribute ideas and avoid the many biases to which decisions are prone.
- Supporting others – An authentic leader understands, is empathetic, builds trust, is inspirational and brings about harmony and collaboration. In short, a leader is a Happiness Evangelist.
Different business situations require different styles of leadership.
But being a nurturer & a problem-solver with a strong results orientation and being open to perspectives is core to leadership.
Am I an effective problem-solver?
Do I possess a strong results orientation?
Do I seek different perspectives?
Am I supportive?
Prioritizing these four is a good place for us to start.