Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Leader

A good leader inspires others with confidence in him; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves-

"Leadership" is a subject for us this term. We have HBR readings, cases to discuss, guest speakers sharing their experiences. The subject is taught by Dr. Bill Blake , the Associate Dean for MBA programs.

Towards the end of the first session, our class answered a questionnaire to determine their top 4 characteristics in the leaders .Here are the results :

Top 4 qualities that a leader should posses as per the MBAst Class of 2007

1. Inspiration
2.Forward Looking
4 Competent

Once the results were published, Dr Bill shared another set of results.This was the results of survey taken by people(millions of them) from different continents. They too had to list the top 4 qualities. Below are the results from that survey.

1. Honesty ( 88%)
2. Forward Looking ( 71%)
3. Competent (66%)
4. Inspiring (65%)

What is interesting to know is that our class too picked up the same 4 qualities as that in the world survey. A conclusion that I can draw - No matter where you are from, leaders across the globe are expected to have these qualities.


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