Tony Schwartz recently shared “The Four Capacities Every Great Leader Needs (And Very Few Have)” on the Harvard Business Review. His points are spot on, and even more importantly, they are things that those of us in leadership roles should aspire to.
He says that “Great leaders recognize strengths in us that we don’t always yet fully see in ourselves.” Additionally, “Rather than simply trying to get more out of us, great leaders seek to understand and meet our needs, above all a compelling mission beyond our immediate self-interest, or theirs.
The third mark of a great leader, Schwartz said, is that “Great leaders take the time to clearly define what success looks like, and then empower and trust us to figure out the best way to achieve it.” And finally, “The best of all leaders — a tiny fraction — have the capacity to embrace their own opposites, most notably vulnerability alongside strength, and confidence balanced by humility.”
Now if those ideas don’t get you motivated, I don’t know what will! And to piggyback on the discussion about leadership, Dale Carnegie Training of Southeast Michigan is offering a three-day Leadership Advantage class. This course gives participants the building blocks to recognize the traits and styles of leaders, sharpen existing skills, and master new strengths, while emphasizing the principles of effective leadership.
The class will be held Nov. 16-18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at our offices in Novi at 41650 Gardenbrook, Ste. 190. To sign up, click here.
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