We just read a terrific article, “How Poor Leaders Become Good Leaders,” by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman. The article talked about a group of 71 leaders who were able to elevate their leadership effectiveness from the 23rd percentile to the 56th percentile. They accomplished this through significantly improving their ability to execute nine particular leadership skills:

  1. Improving communication effectiveness.
  2. Sharing knowledge and expertise more widely.
  3. Encouraging others to do more and to be better.
  4. Developing a broader perspective.
  5. Recognizing their status as role models and the need to set a good example.
  6. Championing their team’s new ideas.
  7. Recognizing when change is needed.
  8. Developing the ability to inspire and motivate others.
  9. Encouraging cooperation rather than competition.