Written by: Renée LeMoine
Photo by: Vojtěch 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 appropriate times.
- 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