Posts Tagged ‘key traits of leaders’

Take the Lead!

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Betsy Myers’ new book, Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You, discusses key traits of today’s most effective leader and offers examples from her own experience.  A Presidential adviser to both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Myers illustrate her points with stories “from the Oval Office to the playground,” the latter being lessons from her experiences as a mom.

According to Myers, half the workers in the U.S. are disengaged because they don’t feel valued or supported. She says that to better manage today’s workforce, a leader needs to adopt these three essential behaviors:

  1. Become more conscious of people’s needs and how the leader interacts with employees
  2. Ask questions to collaborate with employees rather than expecting to have all the answers, as many leaders think they must
  3. Be aware that a leader creates feelings, either positive or negative

In an interview with ABC News, Myers points out that when employees “feel valued, supported, encouraged, acknowledged, and clear about what their job is,” they’re happy with their work. She says “we need to work together so everyone can win!”

Watch her interview on ABC News at


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