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2) Notice what list excludes. Absent from this list (and all lists from other programs) are characteristics such as stern, mean, serious, short tempered, vindictive, tough, angry, harsh, punitive, controlling, violent, or ruthless. And that's interesting because many popular representations of leadership emphasize at least one of these "hard" characteristics. In fact, these characteristics are refuge of those who lack strength (or skills) to apply human side of leadership.
3) How about you? How would you rate yourself as a leader compared to list of positive characteristics? If you were to survey people who report to you, how would they describe your leadership? Would they list characteristics from "soft" list or from "hard" list? Could you become more effective by improving upon any of "soft" characteristics? And how about other leaders in your organization? Do they truly maximize human potential?
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