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Combining consistent behavioral actions with a personal leadership philosophy creates great leadership.

I believe that great leadership is an art.

It is the art of achieving progress through the involvement and actions of others. This is why great leaders are strong in both leading people and leading for results, while good leaders typically lead only one or the other.

In my recent book 8 Keys to Becoming A Great Leader I use three icons from pop culture — Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs from the hit television series NCIS, Jedi Master Yoda from the Star Wars movie series, and swashbuckling Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean series of movies — to demonstrate my 8 Keys to Great Leadership model:

  • Personal Leadership Philosophy
  • Leadership Mindset
  • Core Set of Leadership Behaviors Aligned With Organization’s Culture
  • Leading Teams and People
  • Leading People Development
  • Leading For Results
  • Ensuring Accountability
  • Communicating as a Leader

The results from this leadership development approach are performance enhancement, better leveraging and utilization of existing leadership skills, enhanced communications as a leader, increased team member engagement, and greater consistency in leadership behaviors congruent with the organization’s brand and culture.

Combining consistent behavioral actions with a personal leadership philosophy creates great leadership.

These are the leaders who not only get results, but do so while building and enhancing the climate of their respective organizations, continuously developing the skills of themselves and their team members, and simultaneously creating new leaders (not just followers).

This blog post is excerpted from the Introduction of 8 Keys To Becoming A Great Leader, available now at Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats. 

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