It’s selfishness, plain and simple…our tendency is to be focused on our own interests as well as pointing out the flaws in others instead of improving our own.
True leadership starts with the leader working on herself first and serving her team, not the other way around. And not only that, but we should seek to put the interests of others first, not our own...which I hate to admit is often my first instinct. It’s why I wrote my book Why Leadership Sucks™… to highlight the fact that servant leadership is the best way to go. But this post isn’t all about me and only my advice.
So what are the top leadership competencies the best leaders exemplify? What helps them succeed at a high level?
I certainly have my opinions on the subject (jump to my comments at the bottom of this post), but I wondered what other leadership experts believe is the most important leadership competency from their experience.
So I reached out to a number of experts with these 3 questions:
- What is the number #1 leadership competency a person must possess or learn to succeed?
- What is the number #1 book you recommend for learning how to become a better leader (boss/manager or leading self)?
- Any other leadership advice you recommend for leading well?
And I got 29 thoughtful responses...which I will give you in full detail after I highlight the Top 19 these experts collectively believe we need to focus on.
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