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Transforming Leadership Five pillars critical to becoming a transforming leader By Ken Keis Leadership: Never has there been a greater need for it—nor such a lack of it. This article is about you, the Leader, and your skills—not the multiple theories of leadership. We’ll save that for another time. Everyone is a leader at some level with someone. Leadership skills are required for parenting and for being a friend and part of a couple, in your household and at work. You also have the responsibility of leading yourself.  Leaders are not born. Leaders are developed. They hone their skills over years, not days, weeks, or months. Most effective leaders are in their late 30s or older. Why? Experiencing, learning, developing, and maturing take time. Any winemaker will tell you excellence can’t be rushed To be a successful leader, an individual must have certain foundational skills. Research released this year identifies two main reasons why leaders fail and three skills that help them succeed. The Top Two Reasons Leaders Fail 1. Lack of Interpersonal and Emotional Intelligence Skills 2. Hubris: Excessive Pride and Exaggerated Self-Confidence (Arrogance) The Top Three Reasons/Skills Leaders Succeed 1. High Self-Awareness 2. High Emotional Mastery (Self-Management Skills) 3. Deep Understanding of Human Behavior We identified those truths over 20 years ago in the first edition of our book Transforming Leadership. Bestselling authors Kenneth Blanchard, The One Minute Manager, and Jim Kouzes, The Leadership Challenge, have endorsed CRG’s Transforming Leadership model as the next step in any leadership development track. 45 leadership excellence essentials presented by HR.com | 04.2014


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