The Leader as Role ModelJune 2, 2017
Tony Abbot recently opined that Donald Trump didn’t have to be liked and didn’t have to be a Role Model – he had to be a leader.
Tony Abbot was wrong!!
Although leaders don’t always have to be liked, most research suggests that it does help. As for being a Role Model, we know that that is an intrinsic element of effective leadership.
Having conducted Leadership and Management Development Programs for thirty years we emphasise the essential difference between leadership and management:
Leadership gives people a sense of why they get out of bed in the morning to go to work. Management gives people guidance and clarity about what they should focus on once they get to work
Much of our leadership and Management Development Programs focus on the competencies of good leadership and importantly on the conditions leaders create.
In 2016, alone we have conducted Leadership Programs in China, Rome, Australia’s Capital cities and regionally in Geelong, Ballarat, Warrnambool and Portland.
Competencies include Emotional Intelligence, in particular Self Awareness and Relationship Management.
Leaders should exhibit a respectful closeness and an appropriate distance!