6th January 2016
Renowned consultants McKinsey & Company has just announced the most popular articles with mckinsey.com readers in 2015, with the winner being an article entitled Decoding leadership: What really matters. This is based on its recent leadership research, which first identified a comprehensive list of 20 distinct leadership traits and then surveyed people in organisations around the world examining the frequency that they applied these kinds of leadership behaviour.
The research concluded that there are ‘four leadership skills that matter’ (out of the 20), namely solving problems effectively, operating with a strong results orientation, seeking different perspectives and supporting others.
The article suggests that these form the ‘core leadership behaviours’ relevant to most companies and that in the development of their future leaders, prioritising these would be a sensible place to start.
Leadership has been high on the lean agenda for several years, especially since it become apparent that supportive leadership is a critical factor in the success of lean initiatives and programmes and this research provides further useful insights into the type of leadership attributes that are associated with success.