What Makes a Good Leader?

GoldfishGreat thinkers aren’t necessarily good leaders. Sheer intelligence can get you far, but it’s your acute perceptions of people that make you an effective leader. With an eye on the group’s success, a leader positions each thinker in a role that suits his or her abilities – bringing out the best in those they lead.

The effective leader is a savvy reader of human nature. But we are not all born with this ability. Using the 8 Ways of Thinking, you can gain unique insight into your team’s motivations and behaviors. When you know how your team members perceive and process the world, you can create an environment that fosters productivity and contentment.

Positive Peer Pressure

Team morale is arguably the biggest contributor to a project’s success or failure. If your team members are working against each other or harboring resentment for the organization or leader, performance suffers at every level.

Ironically, it can take just one individual to sway the morale of an entire group. For instance, if someone complains about the menu at a banquet, this negativity can flow like a wave across the entire event. Fortunately, you might have 2 allies on your team who are well suited for mood maintenance: the optimistic and altruistic thinkers.

Situational Genius

The art of leadership lies in delegation – entrusting the right person with the right task. You can’t do everything yourself and you’re not really a leader if you try to do so. However, your best decisions can have the worst consequences if the person you select to implement them is not suited for the task. What inspires one person can frustrate another.

Fortunately, with the 8 Ways of Thinking, you can determine who is the right person for a given situation.

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