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Are you focusing on these four leadership behaviours?

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

Support others

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’

About the Author: Noel Reid

Noel Reid
Noel has over 30 years’ experience as an operational leader and trainer in the government, not for profit and commercial sectors. His service in the military helped shape his early leadership career and he has been able to transfer these lessons and skills to the business environment. He is a sought after executive coach who has assisted the development of senior executives in all sectors and industries. An experienced facilitator who has delivered high value training programs around the world, Noel is able to engage with the audience to maximise the learning outcomes. He holds an MBA (Leadership & Communication), an Associate Diploma of Human & Physical Resource Management, a Diploma of Training Design and Development and a Diploma of Vocational Education and Training.

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