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The 5 Abilities of Effective Leaders

September 27, 2016

beyond insuranceWhether you are a Leader or a Manager, you must embrace and appreciate the 5 abilities of effective leaders.

The 5 Abilities of Effective Leaders:

  1. Ability to create a shared vision for the organization.  The “vision” must be clear, compelling, and properly articulated.  The staff must buy into the leader’s vision and have passion for it.
  2. beyond insuranceAbility to build the right team.  Because leaders do not have the time and ability to execute the vision, it is essential that the right team is in place.  They must also be armed with tools to implement the vision.
  3. Ability for the leader to get out of the way.  The leader’s vision creates energy, enthusiasm and passion.  On occasion, however, the vision gets diluted because the leader gets in the way of those who execute.  A gifted leader knows when to get out of the way to let his or her team design, build and execute.
  4. Ability to value people.  Great leaders understand their gifts and recognize their limitations.  They understand the importance of recognizing the accomplishments and talents of those who support their visions.  The ability to value others is an essential ingredient of the successful leader.
  5. Ability to ride the wave of chaos.  People don’t like change.  They feel comfortable with the status-quo.  The leader’s challenge is to establish a culture which embraces innovation —  where the staff’s energy and excitement about the future vision overshadow nervousness and anxiety.

Leaders are known to be a rare find, and are extremely valuable. Are you working to become a leader in your organization?


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Larry Beck permalink
    October 31, 2011 3:32 pm

    Great thoughts on the role and execution of leadership. Hard to argue with any of these five points. I would add a sixth though, creating and building trust. Trust is paramount in the execution of a leader’s vision and impacts all five of the abilities listed. Trust enables the leader to get out of the way; trust enables employees to ride the wave of chaos, and the ability to build the right team. Leaders are made via behaviors that can be verified: Clearly outlining expectations, being transparent, listen honestly, and taking responsibility when the team falls short but giving the praise to the team when they succeed.

    These behaviors, which the team can verify, will build trust. With trust built, the five abilities listed become much easier to accomplish.

  2. November 4, 2011 1:53 pm

    I hate to spoil the plot of 5 and now six good points regarding the traits of a leader, since there is a seventh that shouldn’t be overlooked. All the effective leaders I know show “humility.” They’re not running out to take the credit, they are not blinded by their own success, and they can always see areas where they can step-up to the plate more. Other than that, it’s a great contribution Scott. Best, Peter

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