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Tim Millett
Published by Tim Millett
08 October 2013

Many companies have a promotional ladder scheme, which involves a list of criteria for those wanting to advance and become a manager or CEO. The problem with many business’s criteria for these positions is that there is a narrow focus on technical skill and not enough focus on leadership qualities.

In 1945, a group of researchers from Ohio State University wanted to prove that leadership was not an inborn personality trait. After analysing 70 International Harvester Company foremen, they concluded that there are two very important behaviours that effective leaders possess:

Firstly, the successful leaders showed compassion and support as well as consideration for their team. They created supportive, friendly environments for the employees they managed.

The second thing that all successful leaders put in place was structure. They ensured that each person’s role was clearly defined so that everyone knew exactly what they had to do to drive the performance of the team.

While finding a good balance between these two behaviors can be difficult to achieve, it can ensure you take your leaderships skills to the next level.



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