All great leaders possess the following six competencies. We list and describe them here so you can consider to what degree you and your leaders express or lack each of them as they pursue their self-development as leaders.
Delivering according to specific expectations lies at the heart of driving performance. Accountable leaders do so across an organization and within each team member. They align and move themselves, other individuals, teams, and the organization toward sustainable growth and profit.
Great managers take a personal interest in the employees they manage. Coaching promotes better relationships managers are invested in the well-being of employees and facilitate advanced collaboration that builds trust. Trust, in turn, leads to better working relationships, makes work easier, creates a safe environment for achievement, and is more satisfying for all concerned.
We define maturity from two perspectives: managing negative emotional reactions that can derail productivity and erode morale and facilitating empowerment toward ownership of tasks. When leaders create an atmosphere where it’s safe to express the good, the bad, and even the ugly news by managing their emotional volatility, candor in the workplace soars and employees feel their opinions are valued. Bad news is delivered to the right people and the right decisions can be made within the organization.
The ability to recognize and provide feedback in the organization is the driving force of coaching effectiveness. Great managers consistently give their direct reports prompt feedback and positive recognition. Employees are twice as likely to say they will leave their current company in the next year if they do not receive adequate recognition.
The busy and complex roles leaders play require them to exert tremendous mental energy. In order to maintain conscious influence over their behavior, leaders need to carve out time for quiet and focused reflection. Time to think about and plan for the future and to determine how to draw the best out of everyone.
Leaders need persistence in order to stick with their pursuits even when it gets tough. When leaders inevitably arrive at a tough decision, their tenacity enables them to stand firm. And when they meet resistance, it pushes them forward.
Every leader has room for self-development improvement in each area of competency. Consider developing your leadership competencies alongside other leaders at our next CoachQuest Leader-as-Coach Workshop.