CEOs are beginning to realise how important leadership development is to the organisational health and growth of their business. The problem is, organisation’s looking to investment in leadership are often unsure of where to start. I recently came across a study that helps answer this question. The study, conducted by McKinsey&Company, suggests that there are four key leadership behaviours (out of a possible 20), that closely correlate with leadership success.
The four key behaviours identified with high quality leadership teams are:
Solve problems effectively
Gather, analyse and consider information before making a decision but then make a decision in a timely manner.
Operate with a strong results orientation
Lead by creating a vision and setting clear objectives. Then follow though to achieve the desired results
Seek different perspectives
Utilise your team and their various knowledge, skills and experiences to make better-informed choices
Be genuine and show a sincere interest in your people and their role in your organisation
By concentrating on improving these key leadership behaviours, you will be building the capability of your leaders and improving the engagement of your people. This can only translate into better business outcomes.
To learn more about this study and the other leadership traits that were tested, refer to the article ‘Decoding leadership: What really matters’