I consider myself truly grateful to do the work I do. I’m particularly lucky to get to write these posts and have people read them, respond to them - and sometimes even disagree with them (that’s when it gets really fun!!). Anyway, I typically write them based on experiences I’m having with my coaching and consulting clients - keeping specific details quite confidential of course.
This week I thought I would do something a bit different. I consider myself fortunate to get to work with some extraordinary individuals. They all work for very different nonprofits in terms of mission, size, scale. I also work with a range of individuals at all levels of leadership - managers, directors and yes, a few Executive Directors. I was recently thinking how different yet accomplished they all are and how they all have fantastic and diversified traits.
As a fun exercise, I started to jot down five things I admired most about each one of them and in no time at all, I had an impressive list of leadership traits I believe any one of us would want to cultivate. Naturally traits like commitment, integrity and authenticity came up. Chances are you’ve read or heard about the value of traits like those and other similar ones. I thought it could be more interesting to share some of the less obvious ones. I’ve created some titles for them and shared the Top 5 Below. I can’t guarantee you haven’t thought of these but see which of these might fit you and your style….
Hopefully these got you thinking - please feel free to share any other somewhat less obvious leadership traits we can shoot for.
Robert is an Executive and Business Development Coach. You can read him here or on www.younonprofitnow.com