March 9, 2006

News & Opinion: Qualities of Leaders

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 6:25 PM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

What's your definition of a leader? What qualities do they embody?
We can all name at least three qualities that a leader possesses. Authors, Anthony J. Mayo and Nitin Nohria have a book due out next month on the commonality between some of the world's best leaders. They found that successful leaders "had an innate ability to read the forces that shaped the times in which they lived -- and to seize on the resulting opportunities."
They started by listing 1000 executives and then polling 7000 executives about the 1000 executives. Out of the data they created a list of the top 100 business leaders. They found that there are three typical types of leaders: "the entrepreneurial leader, the leader as manager, and the charismatic leader."
What's great about the potential of their book is that they identify the different ways people have succeeded. Just as no one person is the same, no path to leadership success is the same. This being true, it's important to understand what makes different leaders successful in order to understand your own leadership style.
Read more about the upcoming book here.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.