- developing and communication a clear purpose
- holding high expectations for everyone
- anticipating and addressing small problems before they grow into bigger ones
- demonstrating a deep understanding of the work
- developing others
- facilitating change
As they take these actions, leaders are also using personal characteristics that contribute to their success, such as being action oriented, enthusiastic, realistic, risk taking, caring, and committed. They underscore the importance of having integrity and being a listener and a learner and willing to change minds. What emerges from this exercise is a composite of actions and traits of effective leadership. High performance leadership comes from balancing key leadership actions with personal dispositions that strengthen and support leadership results.
Michael Fullan (2001) writes that all of us can become better leaders by focusing on just a few key leadership capacities. He developed a framework for leadership depicting five capacities for leaders to lead complex change.
- being guided by a moral purpose
- understanding change processes
- building relationships
- promoting knowledge creation and sharing
- coherence making
From: Leading Every Day by Joyce Kaser, Susan Mundry, Katherine E. Stiles, & Susan Loucks-Horsley
Published by: Corwin Press