Some quick Leading with Honor advice on leadership balance: Almost all our work relates directly to the two areas of Mission/Results and People/Relationships. To master this seesaw effect and be a great leader, you need to do both.
For 80% of the population, our DNA predisposes us to one or the other. 40% of the population are born with natural talents (DNA Behaviors) for Mission/Results and 40% are born with natural talents for People/Relationships. And 20% that are born with some of both will default to Mission/Results when there is the slightest pressure to “get it done.”
A recent Forbes article further validates my and my team’s research which highlighted more than 60,000 employees who were asked about what it took to be a great leader…[i]
- If a leader was strong on getting results, the chance of that leader being perceived as a great leader was only 14%.
- If a leader was strong on social skills, the chance of that leader being perceived as a great leader was only 12%.
- However, for leaders who were strong in both results focus and in social skills, the likelihood of being seen as a great leader skyrocketed to 72%. Social skills are a great multiplier.
What these statistics mean is that 80% of you reading this post will need to adapt your behaviors to better balance your seesaw in order to develop great leadership. Doing some of both well is a requirement and thus becomes the bottom line of all leadership development. You can do it.
You can also read the entire article on this topic – “Master the Seesaw Effect for Exponential Leadership Impact”