‘Leadership 2.0’ Offers Adaptive Tools for Business Management

November 5, 2012

It is said that some people are born leaders. If that were true it would be bad news for most everyone since “natural” leaders seem to be few and far between. Setting the nature versus nurture paradigm aside, leadership is a skillset that can be learned. Although there may be individuals that are better suited to managing others in the workplace due to experience, knowledge, or skills they have developed throughout their lives, and there are certainly people who do not seem to be afraid to make important decisions (while others are struck dumb by the prospect), with the proper training and tools, literally anyone can learn to lead, at least to some degree. You might never become the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, but with the steps laid out in ‘Leadership 2.0’ by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves, you can definitely improve your leadership skills and become the manager you’ve always wanted to be.

All of us have had to suffer under the yoke of a bad boss; you know, the ones who are passive-aggressive, who make you work crazy amounts of overtime, or who cross boundaries by calling you at home, for example. Then there are those who simply seem incompetent or unable to effectively delegate tasks. The point is that you don’t want to be that kind of leader. You want to be the type of person who gets the job done in the most efficient and pain-free way possible. Your employees should have high morale and a feeling that their efforts are not only valuable, but valued. And you want to create a work environment in which creativity and innovation are rewarded rather than discouraged. All of these aspects of a successful business operation are the result of strong leadership. But if you want to create a workplace you can be proud of you first need to develop the leadership skills that make it possible.

Bradberry and Greaves are only too happy to help. Through extensive testing and interviews with top-level executives they have refined a set of 22 skills that you must develop if you want to become a great leader. These skills are broken up into two sections: core and adaptive leadership. The core skills are what you will need to be an effective leader. For example, you must be able to engage in strategic planning if you are to manage multiple resources, you must be able to reconcile broad and narrow fields of vision, and you absolutely have to be able to mobilize your workforce if you want to get anything done. Once you’ve got your basic toolbox in place, you’ll move on to adaptive leadership, including skills that will turn you into a truly great leader.

You won’t find many corporate management training programs that talk about (much less teach) adaptive leadership skills that build personal character, instill a sense of fairness and justice, and allow you to develop the emotional intelligence that will help you to read workers and understand the motives that drive them. But all of these are important aspects of building a rapport with employees that allows you to behave in a fair and reasonable manner, earning the gratitude of your underlings while pushing them to be their best. Whether you’re managing a production team at an ad agency, you’re running a restaurant, or you’re a Tampa business broker that oversees a slew of representatives, ‘Leadership 2.0’ can help you to become a better manager on every level. With simple directives that you can easily add to your everyday routine, you’ll soon create the type of work atmosphere that employees crave and that other leaders will envy

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