For leaders to be effective, they must be able to establish an environment where people can excel – this requires balancing organisational and individual needs, strategy and operations. Great leaders have a remarkable mix of vision and practical skill; they have unique insight, but most importantly, they facilitate the growth and engagement of others.
Central to effective leadership is the ability to enroll others, to work with and through people. Emotional Intelligence, therefore, is a fundamental skill for leaders to develop. Why? Because emotions drive people and people drive performance.
Collaboration: Builds effective relationships by balancing multiple needs and creating the right emotions for people to get in synch.
Influence: Enlists the willing cooperation of others, while tapping into personal skills and abilities, to achieve desired results.
Optimism: Pursues everything with energy, drive and a need to finish; does not give up before finishing, even in the face of resistance or setbacks; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
Self-Awareness: Understands personal behaviours, strengths and areas for development.
Strategic Agility: Drives business results by aligning the vision, mission, and values. Able to continuously adjust and adapt strategic direction in core business as a result of changing circumstances and build innovative ways to create value for an organisation.
Vision: Knows what is important and stays connected to core values.