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
- Boris Johnson
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.
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.
- 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?
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.
Motivated to achieve. Passion for the work itself Keep track of scores. Committed to the organisation
Thoughtfully considering the employees feelings. Coaching and feedback.
SOCIAL SKILL and rapport
N.B. emotional intelligence can be taught.