What Leaders Really Do

“The only real training for leadership is leadership.”

~ Anthony Jay

What Leaders Really Do

by Jeff Grout and Liz Fisher

Leaders believe that:
  • At its core, leadership is about integrity
  • Trust should move in both directions
  • Good leaders are rarely poor at their underlying job
  • Clarity of thought is an essential skill for leaders
  • Leadership is more about emotion than it is about logic
  • Leaders should lead by example, not direction
  • Luck inevitably plays a part in anyone’s career
  • Being different helps to set a leader apart and makes them easily identifiable
  • Leaders should set a clear direction (Grout & Fisher, 2007, p. 15)

Grout, J. & Fisher, L. (2007).  What do leaders really do? Chichester, UK: Capstone Publishing

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114, http://leadershipcenter.osu.edu.

Coaching Call to Action

If you are a leader who is questioning your style and how you are showing up in your role as leader? What will you do this week to embrace who you are and all you have to offer? What will you do to step into your leadership position?