How to quickly assess a leader

Leadership effectiveness at all levels is an important component of successful strategy implementation.  I’ve worked with hundreds of corporate leaders and I’ve seen all kinds.

Weak leaders are driven by insecurity.  They try to get their subordinates’ respect by being likable or controlling, neither of which engenders respect.  They blame others for failures, take all the credit, and surround themselves with weak subordinates.

Strong leaders are focused on seizing opportunities, making difficult decisions, accepting failures and sharing credit.  They continually earn respect by the way they lead, and they surround themselves with strong and capable people.

One of the fastest ways to assess a leader is by looking at how strong the direct reports are.

  • How effective is the leadership in your organization?
  • What are you doing to continually improve leadership skills?
  • Do your leaders get candid feedback to help them improve?

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