Are you right for leadership?

Do you have the attributes a leader should have to be successful?

We continue our “Are You RIght for Bosshood?” blog series.  As a reminder, here are the 8 qualities a true leader should have.

1. Love People

2. Be Able to Deal with Ambiguity

3. Enjoy Coaching

4. Apply Judgement and Take Risk

5. Be Able to Work Long Hours

6. Desire to Make a Bigger Difference

7. Be Willing to Leave Prior Expertise

9. Have Charisma

These are the 8 qualities you need to have to be a good leader and a great boss.

How would you rate yourself on this list?  Are there some qualities you aren’t so good at?

Well, the good news is that any quality on this list can be worked on and improved.  As they like to say, “knowing is half the battle”.   Once you know or are aware that you might not be stellar in one of these qualities, you can work to overcome it – and maybe even find out you enjoy that quality.

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Today we are going to expound on quality #4, Apply Judgement and Take Risks.

A true leader has the ability to weigh and balance competing principles.  They may be faced with two correct, but competing, principles.  They will have to come to a decision to determine which principle is right for the team/business.

This is also true when confronted with differing opinions.

The hardest decisions a good boss will make is when faced with two great opinions, especially from two passionate people.  It is a tricky tight-rope to cross and a good leader will be able to balance both arguments (or opinions) and walk to a decision.  A great leader will walk that tightrope without upsetting either party.  Now, that is some great boss skills there!

applying judgement is like walking a tightrope

A great leader will be able to make a judgment when different feelings are involved.

We know how hard it is to work around feelings.  A good boss will be able to empathize with the feelings and validate that the feelings exist, then make a decision – even if it requires some feelings to get hurt.  Sometimes a good boss will need to explain the decision, with compassion and authority, and continue to listen to the feeling expressed.  The goal here is to listen, validate, and then make a decision.

A true leader will be able to make a judgment when different positions are at odds.

Many times a leader will be faced with differing opinions from people with different positions at the company.  The boss weighs the thoughts and facts from both sides to determine the best path to take.

We can see this in leaders in all settings.

A project manager at a utility firm gets different opinions from the linemen and from the

A CFO at a bank gets different opinions from the IT manager and the Cheif Legal counsel.

A chairperson of a local charity gets different opinions from the charity board members and the charity recipients.

A crab boat captain gets different opinions from his crew and from the boat owners.  (Yeah, we are still catching up on years of Deadliest Catch – we can’t believe how long that show has been around!)

Sometimes a boss needs to take a risk.

A good boss has a good sense of what risks are acceptable and what risks “bet the farm”.  A true leader will stand by their decision and admit to being wrong if the risk was not the best decision to make.  For many people, admitting to being wrong is a very hard thing to do.  Doing so is the mark of a true leader.

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