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Executive Leadership — Make It Real

When leadership skills and attributes are discussed in the context of executives and senior managers, the discussion has a tendency to turn a little gauzy. People skills, vision, modelling behaviours, dealing with change, and ethical conduct are topics that often come to the fore.

These things are important, and they’re certainly not without meaning; but leadership at the executive level involves a lot more than that, and the skills required include many that are much more concrete. A complete set of leadership skills, in an executive, must cover all aspects of people management and workforce development; execution and implementation; and strategizing and preparing for the future, in all areas of an organization’s functioning. These are skills with direct impact; they can be measured, and they can be learned; and the number of executives who are strong in more than one or two of them is minuscule.

Only a well-rounded individual with a very wide range of concrete, definable, measurable skills can achieve genuine leadership within an organization. Executives should have access to ongoing coaching to help them fill the gaps.

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