When tackling effective leadership, many executives turn inward and examine their personal management traits. Yet, according to The McKinsey Quarterly, effectual leadership depends much more on a company’s organizational health (Jan. 2016, Bazigos, Gagnon, Schaninger). The many shifting parts of a company’s inner workings directly impact the effectiveness of a corporate entity. For executives looking to optimize their leadership approach, responding to an organization’s overall health is much more critical than following one of the many leadership prescriptions laid out by great leaders of the past. Of course, there are some trait-based skills that play a clear role in effective management – such as offering a critical perspective or concern for employees. However, by and large, other widely-accepted normative qualities vary in importance based on the individual organization. Research suggests that the most effective leaders craft their behavior to reflect the current state of their company’s health. In essence, exceptional leaders are constantly evolving their executive skills in order to properly transition their companies from their present state into a more optimal form. There are many leaders who may appear to have an executive ‘it’ factor, but truly great executives are well-versed in contextualizing their skills in order to appeal to the larger framework of the company.
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