Penta Leaders

02/24/2014

 
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There are thousands of books as well as hundreds of speakers talking about leadership. However, few, if any, explains in detail how to improve our own leadership ability. How does one become a level 5 leader, a penta leader? Penta comes from the Greek word for the number five - pente. If the ultimate goal is to become level 5 leaders, described by Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great, as "one who has a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will", we first need to understand our behaviors, motivations, leadership style and level of emotional intelligence. 


We are all different; each of us have unique behaviors, different motivators, unique management styles and different levels of emotional intelligence. It is imperative that we understand all of them in order to improve our ability to lead others. The key to improving leadership lies on our ability to improve our emotional intelligence (EI); described as the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.

Unlike behavior which is developed by your early twenty's or your motivation which may gradually change over time, you can start improving your leadership style immediately with an individualized and customized master action plan. This includes daily exercises and skill building activities that will raise your underdeveloped EI competencies to embrace the positive attributes from all of the four leadership styles: dominant, democratic, affiliative and delegative. Penta leadership is about learning and integrating the best characteristics into your management style from each of the four styles.

 


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