For years now there has been a lot of talk about succession; finding the right people and placing them in the queue so that, when the time comes, they will be ready to go. It can be thought of somewhat like the mouth of a shark. Rows of teeth exist behind the front row so that when broken, the next one simply moves up. And so too like a shark, the ones who line up and take their place can be vicious.
It has become readily apparent that three things must happen to ensure succession success:
This is perhaps the most vital element for ensuring success. Despite what our caregivers taught us, we cannot be anything we want unless we already have at least some interest, skill, and aptitude for it. For each job and each position there is a success range that can be identified that includes specific traits. An elementary teacher will not be very successful if she/he possesses similar traits to a successful concrete contractor. We can identify these traits.
Generally, emotional intelligence improves an individual's social effectiveness; the higher the emotional intelligence, the better the social relations. The high EI individual, most centrally, can better perceive emotions, use them in thought, understand their meanings, and manage emotions, than others. Solving emotional problems likely requires less cognitive effort for this individual. The person also tends to be somewhat higher in verbal, social, and other intelligences. The individual tends to be more open and agreeable than others.
Emotional information is crucial to leaders. Hi EI leaders are particularly good at establishing positive social relationships with others, and avoiding conflicts, fights, and other social altercations. People tend to want to interact with high EI leaders. As a result, communication is more abundant, trust is higher, and things get done quicker.
It is not enough that a leader has technical expertise. It is not enough that a leader is a good administrator. While these things are important, it is something else that makes people want to follow a leader: integrity.
Put very simply, integrity is the consistent display of values such as truthfulness, accountability, responsibility, loyalty and self-awareness. It is also about a leader’s openness and transparency. It is about a leader’s ability to communicate empathy and appreciation and to be able to not only have a vision, but to sell that vision as well. Too often we read of successful organizations being brought to the knees because of a lack of integrity and values on the part of a leader.
We now have the tools to not only measure but to target improvements in an individual’s integrity and values.
We work in conjunction with your organization to help leaders identify both their allies and their sphere of influence. Using a variety of tools and organizational assessment instruments, we can ensure your leader’s success.