Graham🐝 Edwards en Leadership, Directors and Executives, Writers Consulting Principal • GPEStratagem 4/7/2016 · 1 min de lectura · 1,7K

Leadership defined with four simple words.

I have noticed this phenomenon occurring more than a handful of times so I believe it can be categorized as a "working rule"... or at the very least, a nice segue. 

The working rule goes something like this - When asked the question "How are you doing?", a North American will 99 out of 100 times tell you they are "good", "wonderful", "doing really well", or something to this effect, whereas a European will offer a response more accurate to their current well being - For a European, the question is not simply a social courtesy as you buy a coffee, but a true opportunity to engage, share, connect, and tell you "how they are really doing".

Leadership defined with four simple words."Working Rule" or nice segue, this does offer an opportunity to look at four words as a reflection of leadership.

A quick Internet search on the "qualities of good leadership" will offer up 57,500,000 results in speedy order - All offering a perspective on stepping up your leadership game.

A FastCompany article for example, offers up these five qualities essential for leaders: 

  • The first of these is being flexible.
  • The second characteristic is the ability to communicate.
  • The third characteristic of good leaders - or, perhaps, a group of characteristics - is having courage, tenacity and patience.
  • A fourth necessary characteristic is the combination of humility and presence.
  • The fifth and final characteristic of a successful leader is being responsible.

A Forbes article offered up 10 Top Qualities of Leadership; offered up 9 traits; had 23... all followed by 57,499,996 other perspectives. 

Although I have not read them all, I will say with great certainty that PEOPLE are the central theme of any perspective on leadership. And this brings us neatly back to the question, "How are you doing?" - A personal question that creates connection, understanding, and the opportunity for discussion; isn't that what leadership is all about? I will say, "almost"

If PEOPLE are the central theme of any perspective on leadership, then the question "How are you doing?" falls short with its singular perspective focusing on a person. Leadership needs a more rounded discussion that comes with another four words, "How am I doing?"  When you bring this question into the conversation, you immediately bring in a second perspective and make PEOPLE the central theme - Now you have leadership.

And that working rule that started this whole thing becomes a solid reminder that with these questions, you have to explore any answers deeper and move past the veneer of the initial response... that is where the leadership gold is found.

Besides, what would you think of a leader who didn't ask, "How am I doing?"


Graham🐝 Edwards 8/7/2016 · #12

#9 Thanks for your comment @Randy Keho. I have found the best way is to actually just lead; with or without the tile of "leader".

Graham🐝 Edwards 8/7/2016 · #11

#8 Thanks for the comment and insight on how our future leaders are behaving @Jim Lenihan

Graham🐝 Edwards 8/7/2016 · #10

#7 Thanks for the comment @Joel Anderson. I really like your post btw.

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Randy Keho 8/7/2016 · #9

You can keep all that "how to be a leader" nonsense. It can't be taught, but it can be learned.

Jim Lenihan 8/7/2016 · #8

Just try walking down the hall in corporate America this morning and say hello or good morning to the Leadership who will most likely either not acknowledge you at all or brush you out of the way in their hurry to rule their world. A train conductor in Hinsdale, Illinois said it best: "I watch our future leaders get on the train every night with a six pack of beer, drink all of it during our 30 minute trip and then stagger to their cars and drive home".

Joel Anderson 8/7/2016 · #7

Graham, let me add one more to your 57,500,000 results from your internet search on "qualities of good leadership" as I am confident that my thoughts are not included in that list. Of the 57,500,000 with this top list and that top list, I am one who subscribes to the no secret sauce perspective. Sacrilegious I know and contrarian to Forbes, CNN and all the emotional intelligence gurus out there.

But then again, that is why I wrote Build and Lead:

Graham🐝 Edwards 6/7/2016 · #6

#4 Thank you for the comment @Irene Hackett. I totally agree with you... I will always follow the "selfless leader"... the "selfish leader", not so much.

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Graham🐝 Edwards 6/7/2016 · #5

#1 Thank you for your comment @Juan Imaz