If you’ve taken a college course on leadership, you likely went through the evolution of thinking on leadership… including “trait theory.” I won’t begin to debate all that as I did back in college, or as I had my freshman debate in my classes. Unless you want to chat about traits… please feel free to spark conversation in your comments. It can be fun.
Lately I have been thinking about a different spin on traits… my own…. your own…. and how they can inform our leadership.
After meeting Charlotte Beers at the TEDxWomen’s conference and connecting with her afterwards for my post, Please: Developing Leadership Standby Skills, I was inspired to read her book. I’d Rather Be in Charge.
Why Traits Matter
She shares a practical approach for getting in touch with your one or two deeply embedded leadership traits. Understanding, owning them, and learning to leverage and control them as needed. She shares:
Traits are the interior drivers that run your work life. They are powerful inclinations that may not show up as you are getting an education or early in your career. These big engines will come roaring out when the going gets serious, when you are being tested. Continue Reading…