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Get to know the most important qualities of a leader

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I disagree with the job specifications of CEOs and other C-Suites which are written as leadership competencies. Inherent behavioral qualities rather than the listed competencies such as communication and being network/strategy oriented help more in leadership development for organizational growth.

Experts say some behavioral qualities are linked to the human anatomy. The behavioral outcomes found to be associated with autonomous regulation correspond with what they described as behavioral engagement in the workplace.

I know one CEO who has a high degree of intrinsic motivation rather than extrinsic values (Intrinsic motivation refers to doing an activity for its own sake out of enjoyment and interest, while extrinsic motivation refers to doing an activity for instrumental reasons). He works with a vision and always thinks about the brand and its future. Unlike some CEOs who work for contract terms and fulfill assignments for the rewards they get, this particular CEO does not care about bonuses or incentives. He loves his job and helps his fellow citizens grow. He is always humble and modest. However, he is very strict to non-performers as he believes in results, and does not encourage processes and paper documents.

The most important qualities of a leader are innovativeness, compassion and passion. Innovativeness is a quality that emanates from the brain or mind. Compassion comes from the heart. Passion is from one's desire to improve.

A leader must have the ability to dream, and have a long-term vision and set goals. A more important quality is his ability to effectively share his vision with his team. He should be confident with his own abilities, see what everyone else sees and thinks of what no one else has thought. Overall, he must be committed to his team and to the shareholders.

Handy Hints:

• A good leader is innovative, compassionate and passionate

• He has a long-term vision and effectively shares it with his team

• He believes in results and drives his team to reach objectives

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Source: Dr. Pon Mohaideen Pitchai, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is a Dubai-based HR and Management Consultant