Last month I interviewed a senior executive of a large Canadian food chain about leadership practices. I asked her “what is the number one leadership question that is unanswered or inadequately answered?” Without hesitating she responded “Identifying leaders! Knowing a leader’s DNA so it can be identified in individuals early in their career within the organization.”
The qualities of a leader and the most effective style of leadership are topics that extant literature still does not adequately answer. To be fair, there are recurring themes such as challenging the status quo, having a vision and being passionate about it, and caring for people.
Here are my thoughts on the core skills of a leader.
These are foundational skills for the leader to achieve great success.