A group of 96 participants from within UC Berkeley participated in a leadership development process employing LEA 360™ assessments. The LEA 360™ assessment is a questionnaire-based 360-degree process which provides each participant with quantitative feedback on twenty-two leadership practices in the areas of creating a vision, developing followership, implementing the vision, following through, and team playing. In addition, the process provides an assessment of the individual’s effectiveness along the dimensions of business-oriented skills, people-oriented skills, and overall effectiveness.
In order of importance (starting with the most important) highly effective leaders at UC Berkeley:
- Build commitment by convincing others and winning them over to their point of view.
- Are open to more collaborative decision making; do not need to feel that they are the only one with answers.
- Are willing to try non-traditional approaches; are present and focused; do not rely heavily on past solutions.
- Are willing to question assumptions and challenge the status quo; do not assume that directives are “right” simply because they come from someone higher in the organization.
- Take a long-range, broad approach to problem solving and decision making through objective analysis, thinking ahead, and planning.
- Operate with a good deal of energy, intensity, and emotional expression; have the capacity to keep others enthusiastic and involved.
- Clearly state what they want and expect from others and maintain a precise and constant flow of information.
- Are willing to take risks and to consider new and untested approaches; feel comfortable in fast changing environments.
Here’s a link to the overall study.