A succinct list of Four Capacities Every Great Leader Needs (And Very Few Have) in this article on HBR.org on Wednesday.
Tony Schwartz identifies the four key capacities inspiring leaders possess, which he’s observed over the years while working with a number of CEOs and high level executives:
- Great leaders recognize strengths in us that we don’t always yet fully see in ourselves.
- Rather than simply trying to get more out of us, great leaders seek to understand and meet our needs, above all a compelling mission beyond our immediate self-interest, or theirs.
- Great leaders take the time to clearly define what success looks like, and then empower and trust us to figure out the best way to achieve it.
- The best of all leaders — a tiny fraction — have the capacity to embrace their own opposites, most notably vulnerability alongside strength, and confidence balanced by humility.
For Tony’s examples of each of these, jump over to HBR and read the full article.