“We like to think that leadership is a skill, but a lot of it boils down to basic maturity.” John Mattone says in his new book, Intelligent Leadership, that bad leadership is mostly just immaturity. Read here some excerpts from John’s book which are backing up his statement…
Leaders generally derail not because of a character flaw, but rather because they respond immaturely to mounting stress and change. Leaders who are immature in their thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and habits, however, are capable of recovering from their unleaderlike behavior.
For example, one of the most important traits of great leaders is what I call the Helping trait. Leaders who are selfless, giving, and altruistic are demonstrating the mature behaviors associated with the Helping trait. However, when their helping is done in an unauthentic way, with strings attached, they are demonstrating the immature behaviors associated with that trait. Great leaders also possess a mature Disciple trait. Leaders who can follow others and who value being part of something bigger than just themselves are demonstrating the mature behaviors of this powerful trait. When leaders demonstrate a lack of belief in themselves and do not think they are worthy of success and accolades, they are showing the immature behaviors of this trait.
John Mattone is widely regarded as the world’s leading authority on the Future Trends of Leadership Development & Talent Management. John has been recognized by the prestigious Thinkers50 as one of the world’s leading management thinkers and by Leadership Excellence Magazine as one of the world’s top independent leadership consultants, executive coaches and speakers.
Professor Mattone’s work has been featured by The Huffington Post, CEO Magazine, CLO Magazine, CIO Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Harvard Business Review, and many other respected global news outlets. Professor Mattone and his work have also been the subject of a 30-minute documentary produced by PBS. He is recognized globally as a powerful keynote speaker, prolific author and highly sought-after executive coach. He is known throughout the Fortune 500 as a cutting edge thinker in the area of trends in executive development and identifying and developing high-potential and emerging leaders.
Speaking Topics: Future Trends of Executive Development & Talent Management; Talent Leadership: A Proven Method for Identifying & Developing High-Potential Employees; Succession Planning & Management; Leadership Intelligence.