There is nothing in the world that has a more profound impact, for better and worse, on leadership than emotional intelligence. Yet, many practice leadership from an external locus of control, something one imposes upon others, something that exists to fulfill the need to manage, direct, and organize people toward a common goal.
Two years ago, I wrote about one of the core principles you and I need to understand as leaders: People Always Watch the Leader – whether we want them to or not. I was reminded of that again last week.
There are a number of recurring patterns of behavior that influence an individual's effectiveness within an organization. I think of these patterns as leadership "archetypes," reflecting the various roles executives can play in organizations and it is a lack of fit between a leader's archetype and the context in which he or she operates is a main cause of team and organizational dysfunctionality and executive failure.
How can I determine if I am a good leader, or perhaps even a great one? What are my strengths, and do any rise to the very highest levels? I know I have some weaknesses (as everyone does), but are any of them so appalling as to derail my career?
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