Written by Marcel Schwantes.
There are so many leadership books, podcasts, TED Talks, and articles such as this all vying for our attention, each trying to point the way forward to compelling leadership approaches that work for competitive advantage.
So, what does great leadership actually look like? True leadership in its purest form is behavioral and relational in nature. To measure yourself to the highest standards of leadership means measuring yourself against the soft stuff, not the hard stuff.
In his latest book, The Excellence Dividend, legendary management thinker Tom Peters notes: Hard is soft. Soft is hard. In other words, “Hard” (the plans, numbers, and systems) is “soft.” “Soft” (people, relationship, culture) is “hard.”
Peters’s thinking is in line with my own, as well as the slew of thought-leaders, execs, scholars, and authors I’ve interviewed about the powerhouse of soft skills.
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