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Just In! Four fundamentals: the formula for success for front-line leaders

June 29th, 2017


What’s hot?

A McKinsey survey of 189,000 people in 81 diverse organizations around the world reveals that four kinds of behavior account for 89 percent of leadership effectiveness.

So what?

Those 4 behaviors were reported to be relevant for front line managers in nearly all organizations.

What to do?

Focus on the four core leadership behaviors.  Strengthen your ability to:

  • Solve problems effectively. Resist the temptation to solve problems quickly and instead spend a little more time to identify the root cause. Just one technique:  Why-ing.  Each time a reason for the problem is posited, ask why.  Then, follow that answer with another why.  After several why’s the root cause is usually revealed.
  • Seek different perspectives. This trait is essential to problem solving. Not only does it improve problem identification and problem solving it enables you to identify potential bumps in the road and to monitor trends that could affect your business.
  • Operate with a strong results orientation. Leadership goes beyond developing and communicating a vision. Effective leaders engage team members in setting goals and objectives and hold themselves and others accountable for results.
  • Support others. Leadership is not a solitary venture. The most effective leaders are supportive. They demonstrate high Emotional Intelligence, engage in generous listening and respond appropriately to the feelings and reactions of others. They are  not afraid to let go and trust others and as a result gain trust and support.

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