Can a leader be engaging and fun to work with but still maintain a clear focus on results and driving business strategy? There is often the misconception that it's an either/or - as a leader, you're either results driven, or you practice good interpersonal skills. But is it possible to drive results and employee engagement at the same time?
In a recent HBR study of 60,000 leaders, only 13% ranked in the top quartile for driving results and people skills. To conclude, it seems that whilst it is possible to do both things well, only the top leaders are able to drive results and employee engagement simultaneously.
Having the ability to simultaneously drive for results and practice excellent people skills is a powerful combination that has a dramatic impact on a leader’s effectiveness. Leaders who possess both of these skills were rated in the 91st percentile in their overall leadership effectiveness.