Marcus Buckingham

In [Marcus] Buckingham’s view, another quality which cannot be defined is leadership. He agrees that “followership” can be measured — by the overall success of your team, or people’s willingness to give you their attention — but not leadership, despite what he termed a $50 billion industry built around describing it.

“If we start measuring the traits of leaders, the first thing that strikes you is just how many leaders don’t have them,” he said. According to his research, good leaders are idiosyncratic. When analytics professionals conduct pre-employment selection assessments, trying to identify how “all of these people have all of these [qualities]” it doesn’t pan out. The candidates may all have a high total score, but within that are peaks or spikes indicating substantial differences.

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