Leading people, as opposed to managing processes, is fraught with complexity and ambiguity. Leading effectively is about generating great results through others and doing it sustainably. Generating great results through others is a very different task than performing well as a high-level individual contributor, which is the pool from which most leaders are chosen. That’s where the leadership adventure begins, and that’s also where many leaders begin to derail, for the traits and skills of the high-level individual contributor are not necessarily the attributes that are most effective in a leadership role. It turns out that it’s not high IQ and technical competence that counts the most. It’s high E.Q. that is the most important attribute and skill set for a leader to possess.
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