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Features of Leadership Leadership Is Uncommon Sense By: The Leadership Circle

Leadership skills and techniques are useful, but there is no short cut to greatness. It takes deeper developmental work. While many workshops and leadership ‘experts’ claim that there are a few techniques anyone can master to become a great leader and achieve success – after all (they claim), leadership is just a matter of common sense – the reality is that leadership does not arise from common sense at all. For that reason, The Leadership Circle has created a white paper free to download, entitled "Leadership: Uncommon Sense."

If leadership were just common sense, it would be common. The fact that it is not common, despite all the activity to develop it, suggests that, if short-cuts were possible, we would have all bought the package long ago and would now be enjoying the fruits of success. Leadership is an uncommon sense because most do not undertake this work as a lifelong discipline.

If leadership were just common sense, it would be common. Leadership is connected with the deepest parts of ourselves. It has much more to do with character, courage, and conviction than it does with specific skills or even competencies. Leadership requires wisdom, selfknowledge, and the development of our character at psychological and spiritual levels.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IS DEEPLY PERSONAL. It requires a fundamental shift of mind and consciousness. This type of change is threatening for everyone, so it is naturally resisted.

Leadership development is deeply personal. The latest five-steps-to-leadership model is a much easier sell than the deep work truly necessary for successful leadership. Leadership development is long-term because systems do not change quickly—especially our systems of thinking. No matter how much we are addicted to the quick fix, all of the available evidence tells us that change is hard and long—whether we are changing our organization or our consciousness.

Leadership development requires a focus on core disciplines. To become masterful at anything, from a sport to the practice of law, a regular discipline of learning and practice is necessary. The same is true of leadership. The payo comes with long-term attention. Courage, character, compassion and conviction are the stu of leadership.

Leadership development requires a focus on core disciplines. These are not common attributes and there is no short cut to them. Only through a deep, long-term discipline will the leadership emerge to guide us through the organizational, national, and global problems that we face today.

Discover the long-term and inner changes necessary for leadership effectiveness by reading The Leadership Circle’s free white paper Leadership: Uncommon Sense. Additional white papers can also be downloaded on The Leadership Circle’s White Papers page ( urces/position-papers)

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