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What is a Successful Leader

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What is a successful leader? Because our GAPPS5 report profile benchmarks against "Successful" leaders I get asked this a lot. And it is a great question! Because success means different things to different people. For some, success is a mansion on the beachfront, for some it's being in charge of a large multi-national, for others, it's a loving family. However, these simply identify the measures by which individuals evaluate their own success. We define leadership success as: " Behaving in a congruent and righteous way that generates a sustainable superior return on investment." Now of course, this is a very loaded statement: Behaving: your manifest actions and words. Congruent: in accordance with stated and unstated beliefs and values Righteous: acting in an upright, moral and virtuous way (within the context of the environment) Sustainable: able to maintained or kept going Superior return on investment: continuously returning greater benefit to the organization and/or people than the investment in time, money, effort. i.e. a greater ROI than most other leaders. How do you know that a leader is successful? During the last 20+ years we have been researching leadership, we have assessed, observed and evaluated individual leaders seeking agreement on whether an particular leader is successful. This evaluation considers the individual's own achievements of their own definition of success, the agreed definitions of success of their peers and our own experience. Surely it's simply that 'more is better'? Not so! And this is one of the biggest issues with other psychometric tools and why we created GAPPS. More is not always better. Too much food makes you fat! For example, someone with extremely high interpersonal sensitivity is going to be very sensitive to the needs and wants of others and may choose to implement a policy that satisfies the people at the expense of good business - reduces ROI. Or, someone with absolute clarity of goals and vision, but does not learn (review) that the goal is the wrong way. Or someone with very high Outcome... they are heading for a stroke. Also, consider that if you had a team member who was a junior manager with incredibly strong leadership skills and thus gets labelled as a 'High Potential" put on the fast track and promoted... and promoted... if they do not gain the experience technically or the wisdom to discern, then they won't necessarily be successful as a CEO or even as a senior manager. "Can I be successful as a leader with a low score?" Yes! Though it depends on your definition of success. I've met a few CEOs who, quite honestly, shouldn't be in charge of getting themselves dressed in the morning, let alone a multi-million dollar business and the lives of hundreds of staff. They key to real success as a leader when you have known weaknesses (and we all have them!) is to let go of the ego or pride, admit it and go find yourself someone to fill your gaps. Let's say you own a business that is doing well, but to get to the next level and expand or go public. As an SMB leader you've succeeded, but you really need a 'Chess Player' character - a real strategist, but you're a 'Cavalier' - a bit of a maverick... then go find yourself a boss! And remember, whilst you focus on being increasingly successful, I trust that you've noticed I did not say "good" leader. Being successful and being "good" are not necessarily the same thing. In this fallen world, there are times when you sacrifice "good" for "success". What do you need to change to be more successful?

Hi, you're listening to the leadership advantage podcast with me, Dr John Kenworthy. The leadership advantage ultimately boils down to how you motivate and get people to do things that matter. This isn't some magic pill or a silver bullet instant success, but practical ways you can leverage neuroscience has to become a better leader today than he were yesterday. The leadership advantage. It's why some leaders thrive whilst others struggle. There this is John. I get asked a great deal about what makes a successful leader. People are wanting to be a better leader and improve their leadership skills and ultimately, pretty well everyone wants to be successful. But just what he is a successful leader, and it's a terrific question...

...because success means so many different things to different people. For for you, perhaps success could be a mansion stunning see view each front. For others it's been in charge of a large multi national, being the biggest boss they can be. For some it to it's a loving family. However, these simply identify the measures by which we, as an individual, the value weight of Owen success. So I came up with a definition of what he's leadership success. That can apply to pretty well everything, and it's this. It's behaving in a congruent and righteous way that generates a sustainable, superior returnal investment. Now it's a very loaded statement, of course, so let's break you down. Behaving is all about your manifest words and actions. It's what you are...

...doing and saying in a congruent way. Congruence is about being in accordance with your stated, known but also your unstated, beliefs and values. So your behaving in a congruent but also in righteous way, because your values might be considered by others to be immoral. So I wanted to make sure that everyone was acting in an upright, moral and virtuous way within the context of the environment. That's where behaving in a congruent and righteous way that generates a sustainable, superior return on investment. So superior is better than return on investment. Is All about returning a greater benefit to the organization, all the people and yourself than the investment in time, money, effort, knowledge and so on. I you've got a greater return on investment than most other leaders. Sustainable...

...is that you are able to maintain it or keep it going. It's not a one off moment. It's a daily occurrence that you are behaving in a congruent and righteous way to generates this sustainable, superior return on investment. So how do you know a leader of successful or during the past twenty years we've been researching leadership, we've assessed, observed and evaluated individual leaders, seeking agreement on whether there is a particular leader is or is not successful. It's very difficult to do that. This evaluation considers the individual's own achievements, of course, and their own definition of success, the generally agreed definitions of success of the world and a large and of their peers. And it's not simply a case of more he's better. One of the biggest issues with some of the psychometric tools that you might use, and why we created our gaps program is...

...more is not always better. Too much food makes you fat, but, for example, someone with exceedingly high interpersonal sensitivity is going to be very sensitive to the needs and wants of others and may choose to implement a policy that satisfies the people at the expense of good business. It Reduces Rosie. Or someone with absolute clarity of goals and vision but does not learn that the goal is actually going in the wrong direction, or someone who's very outcome dre very resultsoriented, just themselves be having for a stroke. I also consider if you had a team member who was a junior manager with incredibly strong leadership skills. Unless gets labeled this high potential or future leader and they get put on the fast track and promoted and promoted and promoted. Well, if they don't gain...

...the experience technically or, very importantly, the wisdom to discern, then they won't necessarily be successful as a scene manager or, let Al Earn, a CEO. So can you be a successful leader with loose schools in some of the competences? Yes, that we depends on what you're definitely death finistion of success. He is see, I met a few CEO's who quite honestly, well, they shouldn't be in charge of getting themselves dressed in the morning, let alone a multi billion dollar business and the lives of hundreds of staff. The key to real success as a leader when you have known weaknesses, and we all have them, is to let go of the ego or the pride that's holding you back, admit it and go find yourself someone to fill your gaps. Let's say you own a business that is doing well but to get...

...the next level and expand or go public. As a SMB leader, you've succeeded, or is a startup leader, you've done really well, but what you really need is a chess player character, a real strategist. But you're a cavalier, bit of a maverick, bit of a creative thinker. So what you need, probably need to do is go and find yourself a boss. Can find yourself a CEO, I remember, whilst you focus on being increasingly successful. I Trust that you've noticed I did not say good leader. Being successful and being good are not necessarily the same thing. In this fallen world, there are times when you could sacrifice good good for success. But what do you need to change to be more successful in your leadership? Well, I've put together this series of podcast that I've recorded over this past year...

...and it happened to fall into a rather nice little series on what is success and how do I become more successful? So this is an introduction to it and this is what we're trying to achieve, that you can be successful, remembering that what I am really looking for you to be able to do is to behave in a congruent and righteous way of generator sustainable superior return on investment. I'll see you in the first module by phone. Thanks for listening to the leadership advantage podcast. You can learn more on how to motivate and get people to do things that matter over at my website at leadership advantagecom.

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