This is a monthly electronic magazine for anyone who wants to be a better leader, coach, facilitator, or simply, to tune up their people skills. It is a complimentary publication, devoted to the next evolution of Quality Thinking.
Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2006 ISSN # 1545-8873
“What management needs to do to motivate people is to stop demotivating them.” — W. Edwards Deming
“Ethics is all about spiritually healthy people in socially harmonious relationships.” — Tom Morris
“When did I make my greatest hiring mistake? When I put intelligence and energy ahead of morality.” — Michael Blumenthal, former CEO, Unisys
“Enough about me. Now let’s hear what you think about me.” — Cartoon portraying a narcissist
In earlier issues, we have examined the qualities of the new leader: Steward, Systems Thinker, Learner, Visionary, Values-driven, Humanistic, a Coach/Mentor, Teacher. Yet many leaders stumble, even if they possess these traits, due to negative qualities – e.g., they are impatient, manipulative, egocentric, dominating, or critical of others. They are often loners, who do not understand the importance of relationships, nor do they know how to build and maintain them. Teamwork suffers. But the numbers (financials) are often good. If this describes you, please get help – coaching, counseling, training. Seek feedback from credible sources, then do not kill the messenger. And surround yourself with supervisors who are "people" persons, then don’t disempower them.
We rarely assess evidence of the first two qualities. Consider consulting former direct reports, not the HR department. Yet Hogan & Kaiser (2005) tell us that failure to hire well has less to do with the lack of good qualities than the presence of undesirable ones. Read on …
|Dimension||Axis II Disorder|
|Excitable||Borderline (emotional outbursts, volatility)|
|Reserved||Schizoid (poor communicator, insensitive)|
|Bold||Narcissistic (unable to admit mistakes)|
|Mischievous||Antisocial/psychopathic (bright, manipulative, deceitful, cunning, exploitive)|
|Colorful||Histrionic (impulsive, attention-seeking, manages by crisis)|
|Imaginative||Schizotypal (over-the-top visioning, erratic decision-making)|
|Diligent||Obsessive-compulsive (intolerant, over-controlling)|
|Dutiful||Dependent (indecisive, too concerned about pleasing others)|
p. 71, Hogan & Kaiser, 2005.
Interview with Harvard professors. Ronald A. Heifetz and Marty Linsky on the dark side of leadership and change: The Dark Side of Leadership.
Video, white paper, 12 checkpoints for making the right decision: Hogan Assessment Systems.
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