How Many Leaders are Really Effective?

If you are reading this blog, chances are you are looking for ways to be a more effective leader and improve your leadership skills. But what percentage of leaders are really doing that?

As pointed out in a great article I read today on HR Magazine.com by Helen Giles, we are constantly told what it means to be a great leader but how often do we see that really happening and how often do we instead see poor communicators and leaders thriving in positions that are beyond what they should have?

…there’s the propensity of organisations in all sectors to promote people primarily on the basis of their technical skills, despite the overwhelming body of evidence of just how wrong this is. Leading to managers who have no interest whatsoever in other people, let alone spending any serious time inspiring, coaching and developing them.

When communication skills are not weighed appropriately in the attributes of a leadership candidate, management can get in a tough position where they pick the wrong person and are afraid that losing that person would hurt the company. They oftentimes tend to overlook that this technical leader could be doing more harm than good to the culture of the company as a whole.

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