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What makes a leader? I don’t know, you tell me.


I am being disingenuous.

Having read ‘What makes a leader?’ Daniel Goleman in ‘Creative Management and Development’ Jane Henry (2006) I have some ideas.

Leaders I can think of, in business, in the creative industries, what is it about:

John Hegarty
Martin Sorrell

Rational?
Cool?

And then there’s personal experience, of being led, or leading.

In the mean time, what does it take?

And from a different mould, Seb Coe?

Vision, ideas, conviction, charisma, purpose …

You don’t learn to draw by reading a book, nor riding a bike or leading a team; you must do and learn from the experience, successes and mistakes.

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WHAT DOES THE READING TELL ME?

An art not a science.
All have a high degree of emotional intelligence. Goleman (2006:120)
And effective performance.

Table 9.1

Self-awareness
Moods, emotions and drives and their effect on others.
Self-regulation
To think before acting.
Motivation
Empathy
Social skill
Finding common ground

Purely technical skills
Cognitive abilities
Emotional intelligence Goleman (2006:121) by far the most important.
BUT how nurtured likely to matter, that ability to control emotions rather than respond to them.

What makes a highly effective leader?

SELF-AWARE
Initiative
Strategic Vision
A thirst for constructive criticism
A self-depreciating sense of humour
Play to strengths.
But most important of all Emotional intelligence.

SELF-REGULATE
VS Impulsive behaviour.
Self-regulation that frees us from being prisoners of our feelings (2006:126)
Creating an environment of trust.

MOTIVATION
Motivated to achieve.
Passion for the work itself
Keep track of scores.
Committed to the organisation

EMPATHY
Thoughtfully considering the employees feelings.
Coaching and feedback.

SOCIAL SKILL
and rapport

N.B. emotional intelligence can be taught.

REFERENCE

Goleman, D (2006) what makes a leader? In ‘creative management and development’ Henry, J.


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