IT Management Slideshow: Quiz: Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Great Leader?

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-08-2011
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Quiz: Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Great Leader?

Quiz: Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Great Leader?

Question: This phrase is used to describe leaders who can effectively deliver hard but fair judgments, and also care intensely about their people and the work they do:A. Tough loveB. Tough empathyC. The Sheriff
So what makes you think you deserve to be a leader, anyway? Your educational background alone won't inspire your IT teams. Nor will your job title, or your lofty office digs. And it's not the suit that wins over employees, after all, but the person inside the suit. Part of a book series, HBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadership (Harvard Business Review Press/Available now), contains 10 extensive examinations of the topic by noted experts, including Daniel Goleman, Peter Drucker, Jim Collins and Deborah Ancona. In one section -- entitled "Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?" -- authors Robert Goffee and Gareth Jones present prototypes of successful leadership styles, as well as common myths versus realities. We challenge you to test your own command of leadership traits with this quiz. Questions and answers are based on information in Goffee and Jones' article:
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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