The Leadership Effectiveness Profile

“Leadership is a word on everyone’s lips. The young attack it and the old grow wistful for it. Parents have lost it and police seek it. Experts claim it and artists spurn it, while scholars want it. Philosophers reconcile it (as authority) with liberty and theologians demonstrate it as compatibility with conscience. If bureaucrats pretend they have it, politicians wish they did. Everybody agrees that there is less of it than there used to be.” 

Warren Bennis, widely considered to be among the best “gurus” on the subject of leadership, began his book “Leaders—The Strategies for Taking Charge” with those words. What Bennis is saying in the above quotation is that the subject of leadership interests people in every field of human endeavor. More importantly, he is saying that excellent leadership is, perhaps, the main driver of human progress.

Leadership excellence is the subject of a great many books and journal articles, but there is no widespread agreement on what an individual needs to be or do in order to succeed in this area. Fortunately, several themes emerge in the published work of some of the best thinkers on the subject of Leadership Excellence.

 Out of the hundreds or thousands of human behaviors, there are only a handful that can be directly tied to effective and even outstanding leadership. This Leadership Effectiveness assessment will focus on eight most-often-cited behaviors or attitudes. We will refer to them as “competencies” or competency areas—the main factors that generally determine the relative success of an individual’s efforts to lead others in a wide variety of situations, ranging from leading a soccer team or a Fortune 500 company to leading an ad-hoc team of citizens pushing for a new school. No one piece of the puzzle is enough for effective leadership; each piece works in combination with the others to reveal a fully integrated model. When all eight competencies are present, the individual’s effectiveness as a leader will be obvious. Improving performance in all eight of these competency areas will make each of us better able to lead.

 • Emotional Intelligence

• Contextual Thinking

• Directional Clarity

• Creative Assimilation

• Change Orchestration

• People Enablement

• Reciprocal Communication

• Driving Persistence


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