Senior execs responses to, ‘What’s the first job of a leader?’
Last month I attended the the annual conference of MTAA (Medical Technology Association of Australia). During the conference breaks I surveyed delegates regarding the following question: ‘What’s the first job of a leader?’ Below are the responses to that question (in no particular order).
– Vision (x 2 people said this)
– Tell it like it is
– Set the culture & vision
– Develop the next generation of leaders
– Inspire team to contribute in collaboration
– Deliver certainty
– Dynamic, charismatic
– Set the direction/example (x 2 people said this)
– Build cohesion and inclusion
– Be a role model
– Manage yourself first
– ‘Slow the game down’; keep the team focused on the result
– Inspire (x 2 people said this)
– Crystalise, focus, deliver
– Define the needs of staff & shareholders
– ‘Help them get there’
At the conference I shared with the delegates, the research of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, authors of the book The Leadership Challenge. Kouzes and Posner researched the characteristics of admired leaders across a wide range of countries. Their research revealed that for the last 20 years, the top, four characteristics of admired leaders have been:
The ‘how to apply’ for this post: Review the above survey list and for the next seven days choose a idea/technique and daily apply it in your interactions and sales presentations.
p.s. my response to the question, ‘What’s the first job of a leader?, is: Be a beacon of hope.