Recruitment: Four behaviours that define leadership effectiveness

Grain Central, June 24, 2019
  • General Manager, Regional Vic – Seed Force
  • General Manager, Regional WA – via Rimfire
  • Wambo Feedlot , various positions
  • Administration Officer, Feedlot – ACC
  • Trainee Manager – Smithfield Cattle Co
  • Plant/Infrastructure Maintenance, Couple – ValeraVale
  • Livestock Health Supervisor – Mort & Co
  • Livestock Movement Supervisor – Mort & Co
  • Pen Rider/Stockperson, Charlton Feedlot – Teys
  • Operations Assistant, West Beef Feedlot – HAAFCO

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GLOBAL management advisory company, McKinsey & Co set out to discover what the top behaviours are that successful leaders consistently demonstrate.

With a list of 20 distinct leadership traits, McKinsay analysed responses from a staggering 189,000 people working in leadership roles in diverse organisations around the world.

The survey found that just four kinds of behaviour accounted for 89 per cent of leadership effectiveness.

These four behaviours are not rocket science, yet are frequently not applied with rigour, skill or diplomacy. The principles apply across all business sectors:

Solving problems effectively.

As McKinsey point out, this is deceptively difficult to get right, yet it is a key input into decision-making for major issues as well as daily ones (such as how to handle a team dispute).

Operating with a strong results orientation.

Leaders with a strong results orientation tend to emphasise the importance of efficiency and productivity and to prioritise the highest-value work.

Seeking different perspectives.

This trait is very noticeable in managers who monitor trends, encourage employees to contribute ideas that could improve performance, and perhaps most importantly, accurately differentiate between important and unimportant issues.

Supporting others.

Leaders who are supportive understand and sense how other people feel. They build trust and inspire and help colleagues to overcome challenges.

How well does your leadership team apply these four behaviours?

A good management newsletter worth subscribing to:
“Decoding leadership: What really matters.” By Claudio Feser, Fernanda Mayol, and Ramesh Srinivasan (McKinsey Quarterly)

Rural Leader’s Bootcamp opportunity

Personal development facilitators The Right Mind will hold their next Rural Leader’s Bootcamp program for 2019 in Brisbane starting on 3 September. The four-day program is held over two meetings, four months apart.

Rural Leader’s Bootcamp is a rigorous and challenging program that will help participants to focus on what it takes to become highly effective leaders and to re-invigorate commitment to leadership.

This program has established credibility and demand from a broad cross-section of occupations in the agriculture space. It attracts people who want to be challenged and provides a suite of excellent tools to assist them to enhance and nurture their leadership skills.

Participants will learn:

  • How to establish focused goals
  • An understanding of your and others behavioural drivers
  • How to develop ‘metrics that matter’ for yourself, your team and your organisation
  • How to ‘give up’ the unnecessary – by substituting, not adding.
  • Frameworks that enable people to pace any change program realistically

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