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LEADERSHIP


THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GREAT LEADERS


Heidi Ashley-Hacker asks, what are the core qualities required from today’s leaders? T


oday, the expectations we have of our leaders are changing. Tis is clear from


election results around the world. Te change for business leaders reflects evolving societal norms. Te question is “How can I develop as a leader?” Te answer in today’s world must include encouraging business leaders to develop and empower their followers. Te concern in professional devel-


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opment circles is how to demonstrate return on investment within an organisation. A well-developed leader working with empowered followers will deliver greater return than one trying to lead an uninterested body of followers. Te title ‘leader’ doesn’t command


the followership that it might have done 30 years ago. What has persisted is a set of necessary skills. Tis is non-negotiable.


The five most essential skills required by leaders


Clarity of vision that balances hindsight with foresight Effective leaders exude a confidence that, having considered all the perti- nent and influencing factors, they know with a high degree of certainty that the charted course is the most appropriate. Unfortunately, many leadership teams are led by busy leaders who


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