Berger Leadership Blog

Feb 13, 2015

Behaviors all leaders should exhibit


What if you looked at leadership as a personal quality and behavior rather than a role or title? That’s how Warren Bennis, author of “On Becoming a Leader,” describes leadership in today’s world.

His point was that more than just us – CEOs and senior executives – should be leaders. “While it has always been important for senior managers and executives to lead, it has never been more important for front line managers to do so,” he said.

Discussing non-negotiable qualities of leadership at all levels throughout an organization, marketing and communications expert Julie Salefski Blaszak said in a LinkedIn Pulse article that only 7 percent of people understand the goals of their organization and what they need to do to achieve them.

Yikes. This shows a huge gap in our impact as leaders and why we need more colleagues to step up to the front lines.

Salefski Blaszak lists four qualities that can expand our leadership impact and effectiveness:

  1. Have clarity and vision. We’ve got to get at the heart of the various problems and opportunities in front of us.
  2. Engage people. Good leaders should be bringing people in to solve problems and identity opportunities.
  3. Heightened awareness of change. A lot of this comes through listening, I’ve found. The more you listen, the more quickly you will be able to anticipate and adapt to change.
  4. Ability to drive change. The better you become at quality No. 3, the better you will be able to steer your organization into the kind of change you want to see.

We need to surround ourselves with more leaders, but for that to happen, we need to practice and expand our leadership qualities and behaviors.