I’m always on the hunt for great leadership books, thinkers, and ideas. A few months ago, I was introduced to John Mattone’s work. John is the author of Talent Leadership, and he has recently released Intelligent Leadership.
Intelligent Leadership reinforces key success concepts and adds to your leadership arsenal with new tools developed from John’s research and extensive work as a leadership coach. It’s one of those books that will help you better understand yourself and others, insuring greater success.
John, you developed a model for leadership you call the Leadership Wheel of Success. I will point readers to the book for a detailed explanation, but let’s just focus on the outer core for a moment. You identify nine specific leadership skills required for a successful leader. How did you develop this model?
Skip, the notion that the definition of a target of leadership success is different for every leader and organization led to the explosion of competency-modeling work primarily in the 1980s and early 1990s. Every organization was creating its own targets of leadership success. Of course, this led to the rise of consulting and research firms who took advantage of real market needs to help these organizations research and define leadership success in their own unique organization for their own unique leaders. The result? We have learned that the definition of leadership success—the leadership success target comprised of leadership can-do, will-do, and must-do—is really not all that unique to a particular leader or organization. In the process, through years of research, we have gained tremendous intelligence about leadership success and the competencies that define success. The early leadership competency work done by David McLeland and McBer and Company, as well as the more recent work of the Center for Creative Leadership, John Kotter, Lominger, my own firm, and hundreds of other notable researchers and leading thinkers has added not only a unique perspective but also a corroborative perspective that there is value in creating a universal target of leadership success.
Would you touch on the inner core and why it’s so critical to focus on?