We recently sent out a survey soliciting input on what individuals believed were the order of priority for 5 critical leadership qualities. The qualities, from NYT article Distilling the Wisdom of CEO’s, are “Passionate curiosity”, “Battle hardened confidence”, “A simple mind-set”, “Team smarts” and “Fearlessness”. The quality that received the highest ranking of the 5 was Team smarts. It received 35.75% of the vote for 1st ranking, 32.1% of the vote for 2nd ranking and 25% of the vote for 3rd ranking. It outranked all 5 overwhelmingly.
The results of this survey reflected my experience to date working with and for businesses and organizations. Matrix organizations combined with a downsized middle management is producing an expectation of increased teamwork to successfully achieve the vision and mission of the organization. Under these circumstances, lack of teamwork undermines success. What do you think about the results? Does it match your experience?