A closer look at important “hidden leadership characteristics”.
The University of Oregon’s Holden Leadership Center, which is established to build leadership qualities, particularly those of their students, comprised a list of leadership characteristics that they aim to cultivate in the student body.
In reading over this list, it struck me of the many qualities that were listed that are not easily measurable. Skills such as being a good communicator, respectful, and having quiet confidence, while being great traits in every leader, are difficult to measure and are often overlooked.
We have a tendency in looking to our leaders, whether those that have influence in our lives or ones we help develop along the way, to overlook many qualities in search for some of the more hard leadership skills, such as technical or industry-specific knowledge and financial acumen. We do, however, acknowledge the more important soft skills that are coveted in leadership – communication, credibility, aligned values. But…
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