Management Tip of the Day: 4 aspirational leadership qualities

Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:24am EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Leaders need vision, energy, authority, and a natural strategic ability. But those things don't necessarily help you inspire your employees to be their best and commit to you as a leader. Here are the four qualities you need to capture the hearts, minds, and spirits of your people:

1. Humanness. Nobody wants to work with a perfect leader. Build collaboration and solidarity by revealing your weaknesses.

2. Intuition. To be most effective, you need to know what's going on without others spelling it out for you. Collect unspoken data from body language and looks given across rooms to help you intuit the underlying messages.

3. Tough empathy. Care deeply about your employees, but accept nothing less than their very best.

4. Uniqueness. Demonstrate that you are a singular leader by showing your unique qualities to those around you."

- Today's Management Tip was adapted from HBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadership, one of six HBR article collections in the popular 10 Must Reads series.

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