In his book, Authentic Leadership, Bill George, former CEO of Medtronic, writes about the five qualities that true leaders need to develop.
They understand their purpose: leaders need to find their unique purpose, through understanding themselves, their passions and their motivations.
They practice solid values: values are shaped by personal beliefs and developed through study, reflection, interaction with others and through experience.
They lead with heart: the hearts of followers (employees) need to be engaged through a sense of purpose.
They establish connected relationships: the 21st century has no place for detached style of leadership.
They demonstrate self-discipline: ‘authentic leaders must have the self-discipline to do everything they can to demonstrate their values through their actions’
Beyond this, George writes that each of the five qualities requires a further development quality if the leader is to be effective:
* Leaders need to develop a passion for their purpose
* Values need to be demonstrated by behaviour
* The heart dimension of leadership needs developing compassion
* Relationships need to be built by connectedness
* Self-discipline calls for consistency
Would you agree on the importance of these qualities? Are there others you would add?