What is the personality of the leader?
What is the personality of the leader, and how is leadership by personality? When evaluating leaders at any level, three questions are asked. First, do they have the character to be a good leader? And second: Do they have the competencies to be leaders? And third, do they have a commitment to being a leader?
“Character” is the unspoken essence of leadership
The idea of personality has fallen out of favor, perhaps one of the main reasons is that the educational system and organizations are so focused on competence, yet personality is a vital part of leadership that cannot be ignored, as it forms the basis of how we interact with the world around us, what we observe, and who we engage in the conversation What we value, how we decide, etc.
What is the focus of the leader personality study?
The focus is on three main things:
Traits: Traits are defined as habitual patterns of thinking, behavior, and emotion that are relatively stable in individuals across situations and over time, but are not fixed, but rather develop through life experiences, such as childhood, education, family, etc.
Values: They are the beliefs people have about what is important to them, and values affect behavior because people seek more of what they value. Examples of values include independence, transparency, creativity, the importance of work-life balance, etc., and values may change with the stages of life.
Virtues: Virtues are similar to habits of behavior and are something that is displayed more or less consistently, eg courage, moderation, generosity, etc.
Why the interest in building a leader's personality?
Personality is the basis for effective decision making.
Mistakes occur due to the leader's lack of competencies.
Often the root cause is a failed personality.
Creating a culture of constructive dissent so that others can challenge your decisions without fear of repercussions takes character.
Character is not something you have or don't have, rather the key to leadership is the depth of development of each aspect of personality that enables us to lead.
For personality to find the spotlight it deserves, leaders need to shine a spotlight on it.
A renewed focus on character raises the best in people and nurtures their personal journeys to becoming better leaders.
Are personal leaders born or made?
Many psychologists have spent a long time answering this question, and have concluded that the answer is both.
Some people may have more natural talent than others, but all leaders can strengthen their character.
There are those who argue that personality is dynamic, meaning that every time leaders are faced with a situation involving difficult moral considerations, they can choose whether to strengthen their character or to undermine it.