For me, the nature of blogging is to deliver the "bytes" with enough suggestion on how to go further and deeper if one is so inclined.
Jeffrey Krames is the one who provides this short list of leadership skills from Drucker. It is found in his book, Inside Drucker's Brain, pps. 77-80).
ONE: Leaders can place people in the right position where they can make the greatest contribution.
TWO: Leaders can hire and fire people without becoming emotionally upset. Organizational success requires having the right people in the right spots who can make contributions that generate results. If they can't generate results then the question is why keep them in that spot? They are hurting the organization (and themselves).
THREE: Leaders excel at establishing and maintaining priorities for self and others. It is the focusing on and achieving of these priorities where results are generated.
FOUR: Leaders constantly ask themselves and others - how can I/you maximize your contributions? This is getting at the issue of continuous improvement and strengths based functioning.
FIVE: Leaders have the ability to discern reality and then ask the right questions. Few things are as bad as coming up with answers to the wrong questions!
SIX: Leaders have a bias for action, especially in times of difficulty. When the going gets tough, leaders do not call for meetings. Meetings are so often the anti-thesis of action. Leaders require action.
SEVEN: Leaders build culture and pay attention to morale (i.e. Goleman and resonant leadership). Create the right environment which is highly positive and encouraging (i.e. Kouzes and Posner) and people are empowered for productivity.
It is not a definitive list.
But it is a decent place to launch a little self-assessment.
How are you doing on these leadership skills and functions?
And do you see any problems in your areas of life and responsibility because you are not doing well on some of them?
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