Having good leadership is the rage these days, yet few can define exactly what that means. Many think leadership is about intuition. I couldn’t disagree more. I believe organizations should find good leaders by having a good definition of what a leader is—and then providing Hogan Assessments to obtain data to see if potential and behavior are present to ensure success.
Chris Edgelow of Sundance Consulting refers to “endless” definitions for leadership and then provides one of the best I’ve heard: “Leadership is about movement.”
Edgelow describes this as taking people from one place—where they are—to another, noting that leaders must often do this when those they lead wouldn’t go to the new place on their own initiative. He’s right.
Hogan Assessments founder Robert Hogan was recently quoted on the measurement of leadership skills—which Hogan Assessments do superbly—and keenly observed in his decades of experience he could tell a good leader from a bad one fairly quickly. Hogan said there are four things which identify a good leader:
First, others know they can trust a good leader—and that she or he won’t betray them. Their subordinates like and trust them.
Second, a good leader knows what they are talking about. They know the field, so to speak, and they exhibit competence.
The third reason has to do with judgement: good leaders make good decisions. Hogan refers to British Admiral Horatio Nelson as an example—he never made a bad decision. (Yes, it is possible).
The fourth reason has to with vision: good leaders have an attractive outlook and can see where they want to go. Bad leaders just wing it (and everyone hates them for it too).
Hogan bases what he says on knowledge gained from “millions of data points about what a good leader looks like.” He correctly notes he is not a philosopher and claims his viewpoint comes from the standpoint of an engineer.
Hogan Assessments are built on scientifically researched data which reliably predict how someone will perform and what behavior will be exhibited as a leader when it comes to making decisions, performing under pressure and a host of additional leadership attributes. Intuition won’t help organizations find good leaders, but data and knowledge just might.
~ Darrell L. Browning