There are three essential prerequisites – diagnostics, influence and energy – that would-be leaders must develop at the start of their managerial careers and maintain to become successful. This Idea describes these prerequisites and suggests five essential tools that managers can adopt to assist the development of diagnostics, influence and energy.
What makes a successful leader, and how can leaders develop their own personal leadership models? Exploring these questions in this article, the author highlights the importance of leaders in general; they are responsible for other people’s lives, futures and money. They lead people in challenging times and times of uncertainty, thus making it imperative that they continuously ask themselves questions such as, “what is required of me? What good things can I create or introduce?”
During a “Discovery Event” held for members of the IMD Corporate Learning Network in 2011, the author offered his framework for Leadership Diagnostics, Influence and Energy, which he discusses further in this paper. He first points to five essential tools that can be implemented by leaders on a regular basis:
These five tools lend support to three essential capabilities necessary for effective contributions in any leadership situation:
Aspiring leaders should ask themselves how much responsibility they are willing to take in terms of other people’s lives and other people’s money. Specifically, they should ask themselves the following questions:
Furthermore, managers should utilize the five tools highlighted to identify and develop their own personal leadership model. This will help them become leaders that are “energetically ingenious” in all aspects of their work, every day, for many years to come.
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