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Unfortunately, despite the fact that many books and journals are published on the subject every year, there seems to be no definitive model of what might constitute leadership excellence – that is, a widely supported model that only needs to be carefully followed to ensure success. Happily however, there are several common themes that run through the writing of many of the best thinkers on the subject. Some of these themes are that Leadership excellence:
- Is driven from a strong set of values and ‘intelligence’ about peoples’ feelings.
- Sees possibilities and potential that is often invisible to others.
- Describes a vision of the future and illuminates paths to get there.
- Encourages creativity, innovation and lateral thinking.
- Enables individuals and teams or groups of people to manage personal change and reach for higher goals.
- Starts and ends with the guiding of people’s relationships with one another.
- Continually ‘walks-the-talk’ and listens and learns in the journey.
- Often consists of extraordinary strength and persistence.
Even though this list is by no means exhaustive, it is the discovery of these leadership excellence themes that helps us most in working out specifically what we should all be doing to become better leaders. As such, the simple idea is that out of hundreds, if not thousands, of potential human behaviors, there are a handful that characterize good or effective leadership, especially when combined together.