Altruism: Do Leaders Have It?

“Leadership is something you do with people, not to them,” maintains Ken Blanchard, Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies. “Great leaders use different strokes for different folks, and different strokes for the same folks, meaning they have flexibility in their leadership approach and leadership style.”

When leaders focus only on goal accomplishment, their relationship becomes focused on results, which creates only short-term results for the organization. True leadership is focused on the greater good or the best for all involved.

Great leaders empower their people to reach the heights of their performance capacity.

In order to maximize employee performance, leaders must assist employees in moving quickly through the development levels to peak performance by diagnosing the development level of their people and providing the of appropriate leadership styles.

According to Blanchard research, most leaders are not able to flexibly use the appropriate leadership style to match the situation. Instead leaders must work on knowing their people, diagnosing their development level and needs, then meeting them where they are; these are the core skills of the type of leadership that can help your leaders and your people thrive in the new business reality.

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