Leadership is a topic widely discussed, researched, and written about – a recent search for “effective leadership” yielded 13.5 million results; 424,000 in the last month alone. And apparently we all want to get better at it – there were 203 million results for “leadership courses.”
With this plethora of information about being a good leader, why are 3.1 million people leaving their their jobs this year*, 75% of them because of their bosses**?
Because information and academic programs are not enough – we have to put all this wonderful knowledge into practice as leaders. Obviously, we’re not doing this well enough yet, and we must get better immediately.
Why? First, it costs you every time an employee walks out the door - $11 billion is lost due to employee turnover annually.***
Second, the long term success of our organizations is at stake. All leaders, whether good or bad, set the tone and role model behaviors for their organizations. If we want good leadership to show up in the future, it has to take root now.
Third, we’re all leaders. No matter what our job titles or positions in life, we’re all in charge of something - a household, a team, a project.
Fourth, adopting the qualities of good leadership can make us better people, overall. And who doesn’t aspire to that?
So how do we become better leaders? Based on my years of experience and formal study, I’ve put together a list of top 12 qualities. Together, they condense to this simple mantra:
Have a soul, be brave, get smart, and be a grown-up.
I present these to you in a series of 12 posts, found on my blog, at http://designingcommunication.wordpress.com/.
*Wall Street Journal, February 2016 http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2016/02/09/voluntary-job-quitting-hits-highest-level-in-nine-years/
**Gallup/Dale Carnegie http://www.dalecarnegie.com/employee-engagement/engaged-employees-infographic/
***Dale Carnegie Training http://www.dalecarnegie.com/employee-engagement/engaged-employees-infographic/