Your leadership index
Written by: Renée LeMoine
Photo by: Vojtìch Vlk
"Summer vacation has given me
time to unwind and relax. Now that I am back at work, I want to
jump in with a fresh start by tackling new challenges, energizing
the team, and capturing new clients.
Your leadership abilities flow from who you are as a person: your
values, talents, styles, and self-image. The more aware you are
of yourself in these respects, the more agile your behavior and
more efficient your decisions will be. Use your strengths, style,
and vision together to achieve the ideal leadership balance. This
means that you must also be aware of your developmental needs.
Owning up to your shortcomings allows you to be more conscious
of what might go wrong, and how you can seek help from others.
International leaders need to take stock of their personal attributes
that embrace and resist change, as self-leadership is the foundation
for all leadership activity. Start by making an assessment of your
personal characteristics correlating to typical leadership qualities
as defined by the Campbell Leadership Index.
- Resilience is a leadership quality that involves the ability
to show mental durability and emotional balance. Personal characteristics
associated with this include being calm in times of crises, flexibility
adjusting to new situations, and optimistically handling difficulties.
- Affability is a combination of qualities that enable leaders
to foster teamwork and cooperation, thus making people feel valued.
These include being: considerate and cooperative with others;
able to empower others; friendly, affectionate, or amusing at
- Energy is a leadership quality that requires the physical and
mental endurance required for sustained, consistent, and reliable
work. Attributes include working those long hours, attending
the weekend seminars, and not losing your temper under stress.
- Dependability and the ability to allocate organizational resources
and manage details are essential qualities that are often conveyed
via productiveness and thriftiness attributes.
Choose the specific characteristics that best describe you, and
reflect those that are your weaknesses. There are others not mentioned
here that you can add. Take advantage of your strongest characteristics
now, and develop the weaker ones over time.
Article prepared by Renée LeMoine, Executive
Director, LeMoine & Associates
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