4 Key Leadership Characteristics

Written By Kevin Watson

On February 17, 2019

There has been a lot written about the difference between managing and leading over the years.

I particularly like the four important characteristics of leadership, taken from the The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes & Barry Posner, summarised here as:

  • Honest: leaders are expected to be truthful, ethical and act in a principled manner. In order to gain trust, their words and behaviour need to be consistent. 
  • Competent: leaders must be credible and capable of carrying out what they are responsible for in order for people to follow them. 
  • Forward Looking: leaders must be concerned with the long term, clearly setting, communicating and steering direction. 
  • Inspirational: people follow those who are passionate, energetic and real, inspiring us with their confidence and ‘can do’ attitude 

Do you consider yourself a leader, or are you a manager?

Then, how do you measure up to these?

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