By: Ken Keis (Canada)

Deliberate Leadership is about being self-aware enough that you can be-purposefully wise, diplomatic, and intentional with competence, embracing the values (and behaviours) of accountability, reliability, and responsibility. Admittedly, there are hundreds of other definitions of leadership; they all vary somewhat in orientation, but most imply that the leadership process contains the element of influence, which is situational, in constant flux, and could be directed towards individuals, teams or organisations – all with the intent of achieving success.

Deliberate Leaders lead by personally modelling the behaviours or ways of thinking that they desire while encouraging others to courageously take the initiative to be independent in their reasoning and in doing so, transfer ownership and responsibility to others.

Deliberate Leaders are teachers, mentors, and role models – and they accomplish the majority of their results through the power of influence, not authority.

All of these aspects of influence are essential for leaders to ensure that followers will respect them and the decisions that they make. While influence is important, it is also crucial that leaders deliberately persuade their followers (through the leader’s actions) to believe that they are “Credible.”

Source: iCN Issue 11 (Executive Coaching); pages 28-31

About Ken Keis

Ken Keis, Ph.D, President of CRG, is considered a global authority on the way assessment strategies increase and multiply your success rate. In 26 years, he has conducted over 3,000 presentations and invested 10,000+ hours in consulting and coaching. He is the author of Why Aren’t You More Like Me? – Discover the Secrets to Understanding Yourself and Others, and co-author of the new Deliberate Leadership – Creating Success Through Personal Style. He has also co-created CRG’s proprietary development models, written more than 3.5 million words of content for 40 business training programs, and written over 400 articles. Ken’s expertise includes assisting individuals, families, teams, and organisations to realise their full potential, and to live On Purpose!