Leadership Qualities That Matter the Most: Lessons from Davos 2014 by Jeffrey M Cohn at Huffington Post on 4 February 2014.
What kind of leadership lessons can you glean from a global assembly of CEOs? For the author, who attended the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, there were eight recurring leadership factors:
- Judgement – the ability to focus on the most salient points and understand their impact
- Empathy – the ability to understand the other stakeholders (cognitively and emotionally). Note: the author stresses the point of differentiating between empathy and compassion
- Self-awareness – the internal counterpart to empathy
- Adaptability – “Organizations – and leaders – must be able and willing to change direction if and when required.” Of course, you also need good judgement to know WHEN to adapt…
- Integrity – the moral compass that provides a clear path in a sea of gray choices
- Passion – A burning desire to get things done
- Courage – The ability to make and stand by difficult choices, especially in the face of adversity
- Resilience – The ability to recover from setbacks
I’m surprised that two points didn’t get mentioned – vision (although the author may have incorporated that into judgement) and communication. I see these two as indispensable for leaders.