Recognizing the Attributes of Leadership Potential
Leadership expert Chris Pearse used an analogy in his Forbes article in 2018 on “Leadership in Crisis” This analogy made us think about leadership. It brought to light the mistake we often make in leadership today. Although not in exact words, he said if you want to grow a pumpkin, you need four elements, earth, water, sun, and a seed. While growing that pumpkin, your focus is on those elements, not the pumpkin. With the right focus, result will be a great pumpkin. In leadership, most of the time, the focus is on the results like share prices and profit, not on the elements that create them. Unfortunately, this end focus distracts us from the aspects of good leadership, resulting in a challenge. How do we promote good leadership in this profit-oriented world? How do we encourage good leadership practices, and how do we recognize talent when we see it? Our guest in this show has taken a good look at leadership dynamics and how to recognize the attributes of exemplary leadership.
Dr. Kimberly Janson is the President, and CEO of Janson Associates. She is the author of “Demystifying Talent Management”, available on Amazon. Together with co-author Dr. Melody Rawlings, she is also the author “Determining Leadership Potential: Powerful Insights to Winning at the Talent Game “ (Routledge, Aug. 25, 2022), also on Amazon. The Janson Associates has the goal to “unleashing people’s potential globally.” Kim has been on the ground working with leadership teams in over 40 countries for more than 25 years. She has hosted and successfully conducted leadership programs in Singapore, China, Malaysia, Russia, New Zealand, England, France, Canada, Holland, Italy, Mexico, Chile, Spain, Dubai, Australia, and the United States. Janson Associates works with firms from start-up level to Fortune 100 companies in all industries. Kim is considered a premier executive coach, is a member of the Forbes Coaching Council and serves as an executive coach and instructor at the Harvard Business School.