Who Wants Clarity Around Organizational Leadership Behaviors?

I have written about the Business Compass tool in a number of blog posts recently. The Business Compass is a tool that can be a very powerful way of communicating your organization’s;

1)  Vision

2) Mission

3) Values

4) Strategic and Operational Priorities

5) Brand Promise

6) Leadership behaviors

I have defined all the components of the Business Compass except for Leadership Behaviors in past blog posts. So, what are Leadership Behaviors?

Leadership Behaviors are simply the top four or five behaviors or traits that you expect to see from the people leading your organization at any level. These behaviors need to be in line with your organization’s values while at the same time describing how you expect your leaders to behave. No two organizations are the same so expect a unique list of attributes for your organization’s leaders.

Attributes like the following are good examples of Leadership Behaviors;

  • Drive for results
  • Lead with integrity
  • Continuously learn
  • Strategic thinking
  • Think customer
  • Innovation focused

There are a number of places you can look to get ideas for Leadership Behaviors but I would suggest starting with reading some of the material from someone like the world renowned leadership expert John C. Maxwell or by reviewing a list of competencies provided by a system like Lominger.

Defining these top traits may take some time but it is worth the effort as you will provide your leaders with clear direction on how they need to develop, behave and lead as they move the organization closer to achieving the mission and living the vision.

This was the final component of the Business Compass tool. Your organization will be much more focused, engaged and productive if you are able to clearly articulate, model and constantly communicate your vision, mission, values, strategic and operational priorities, brand promise and leadership attributes. The Business Compass is a tool that does this very elegantly and concisely in one simple diagram.


“Whether a man is burdened by power or enjoys power; whether he is trapped by responsibility or made free by it; whether he is moved by other people and outer forces or moves them — this is of the essence of leadership.”~Theodore H White

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