In my work as a professional coach, and with the help of others, I’ve learned what makes a successful leader. Many people feel it has to do with technical and/or strategic skill sets or knowledge. Knowledge is important, but it’s not central. Others believe it is critical thinking skills. That, too, is important, but it’s not what I’ve found to be at the core of a great leader.
What is needed in every great leader is for the leader to be “well-defined.” I’ve rarely coached someone who decided more knowledge or more skill would help them become a successful leader.Instead, what they needed to learn was more about themselves.
A well-defined leader is one who is internally aligned. What they say and they do. It looks like this: [Read more…]