A board member sent me an article about effective leadership in a business like ours. A consulting firm called McKinsey identified 20 leadership behaviors common in organizations. Those behaviors included many admirable things like:
Making good decisions
Fostering mutual respect
Being a change agent
Clarifying the mission
Recovering from adversity
Being a role model
These are constructive behaviors, every one. In this space, I think I’ve written notes encouraging you to use them.
But McKinsey dug deeper. They took high performance teams and differentiated them between low performing teams. These teams crossed geographic and cultural boundaries. Here are the four behaviors which set apart the outstanding from the average.
Great leadership teams:
First, let me say I wouldn’t tell you that these four behaviors are the key ones.
But, after reflection, I can see how they could be the “special sauce”.
Each one requires humility which places values on others as compared to self.
Each one requires shared responsibility which encourages daily accountability.
Each one requires a dedication to discerning truth and developing a real sense of what is happening.
Those things contribute to success. How does your team match up to those behaviors?
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.