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Pete Ashby Of Introduces Keys To Being An Exceptional Leader: “The Non-Negotiables Of Leadership”

Pete Ashby from discusses "The Non-Negotiables of Leadership" and some of the criteria for being a successful leader.


(Thursday, November 15, 2012) United Kingdom - Pete Ashby, top UK leadership coach who heads up tells of questions that he likes to ask CEOs and Exec Directors about what they regard as the small number of essential behaviours that they expect of themselves, if they are to be successful leaders. Some behaviours are desirable but not essential, and how far you are able to take them on board is all negotiable.

Host Pete Ashby says: “What are the NON-NEGOTIABLE essentials, for you as a leader?”

At this point Pete Ashby goes on to say: “Let’s take it for granted that you need certain competencies to do your job well. I personally believe that culturally we over-rate formal qualifications and competencies, and there are a host of behaviours and attitudes that are often much more important in determining your success as a leader than your formal competencies.”

Pete, founder of the popular leadership behaviours and styles blog states that he “would say that a willingness to learn on the job is incredibly important. Some leaders who are conscious of being slightly down on some of their formal skill sets can end up as a lot better than those who started off thinking they were perfectly qualified for the job, precisely because they were more open to learning on the job. This is a key skill set for all of us.”

He then discusses the value of having a sense of direction for your business, not always having to be right and pausing and challenging yourself on your principles regularly.

Pete Ashby of then talks of other non-negotiables, for instance:

1. “needing to be able to focus.”

2. “having a sense of priorities and sticking to them.”

3. “being aware of and protecting your own sense of authority.”

4. “demonstrating curiosity and constantly encouraging it in others.”

5. “and of course being relaxed when those around you want to get to know more about you.”

“Yes, it’s a definite bonus if those around you like you. But the key to successful leadership is that the people around you should feel that they know what sort of leader you are, what drives you in your job and what values and principles determine the way you will behave at work.”

It’s very clear that Pete Ashby of is a strong believer in the motto of constantly moving forward and developing your leadership ability to the fullest extent possible!

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