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Recruitment: Four behaviours that define leadership effectiveness

Sheep Central, January 22, 2024

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STRONG and effective leadership is inevitably aligned with staff retention rates and attracting quality new talent – regardless of whether a business is in agriculture or any other field.

Global management advisory company, McKinsey & Co set out to discover what the top behaviours are that successful leaders consistently demonstrate.

With a list of 20 distinct leadership traits, McKinsay analysed responses from an enormous 189,000 people working in leadership roles in diverse organisations around the world.

The survey found that just four kinds of behaviour accounted for 89 percent of leadership effectiveness.

These four behaviours are not rocket science, yet are frequently not applied with rigour, skill or diplomacy. The principles apply as much across businesses operating along the red meat supply chain, as they do in other business sectors:

Solving problems effectively

As McKinsey point out, this is deceptively difficult to get right, yet it is a key input into decision-making for major issues as well as daily ones (such as how to handle a team dispute).

Operating with a strong results orientation

Leaders with a strong results orientation tend to emphasise the importance of efficiency and productivity and to prioritise the highest-value work.

Seeking different perspectives

This trait is very noticeable in managers who monitor trends, encourage employees to contribute ideas that could improve performance, and perhaps most importantly, accurately differentiate between important and unimportant issues.

Supporting others

Leaders who are supportive understand and sense how other people feel. They build trust and inspire and help colleagues to overcome challenges.

How well does your leadership team apply these four behaviours?

 

 

 

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  1. Mark Tankard, January 22, 2024

    With regards to the four behaviours above, you need to implement them 100 percent of the time, but in a fast pace environment this is not always possible. Therefore, you have to achieve the best percentage you can.

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