Leadership Ethics

Leadership Skills

Leadership is not just for people at the top.

People learn to lead by discovering the power that lies within each one of us to make a difference and being prepared when the call to lead comes.

"The three greatest leaders of the 20th Century were Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. If that's leadership, I want no part of it,"

said Peter Drucker, who died on November 11, 2005, at the age of 95.

Of 462 executives who were asked:

"What characteristics are needed to be an effective leader today?"

56 per cent ranked ethical behaviour as an important characteristic, followed by sound judgement (51%) and being adaptable/flexible (47%). --American Management Association, New York, NY

Effective leadership is an interactive conversation that pulls people toward becoming comfortable with the language of personal responsibility and commitment.

Leadership is not just for people at the top.

Everyone can learn to lead by discovering the power that lies within each one of us to make a difference and being prepared when the call to lead comes.

Albert Einstein once said:

"We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles but no personality. It cannot lead; it can only serve."

Leadership development is not an event

"I'm most effective with one-on-one coaching.

I would guess I coach 100 to 200 employees in a given month.

I don't really think you can do the kind of leadership I do on a formal basis.

It has to be genuine.

I don't think you can force a human connection."

-Brad Anderson, CEO of Best Buy

Leadership is a process of participating in respectful conversations where the leader recognises his or her own feelings and those of others in building safe and trusting relationships.

This article was contributed by John G. Agno, certified executive & business coach Signature, Inc.

John G. Agno, certified executive & business coach
Signature, Inc., PO Box 2086, Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Telephone: 734.426.2000 (US Eastern Time Zone)

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