Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Great Complexities

Consider the following qualities:

Confident Humble
Courageous Prudent
Tenacious Gentle
Honest Compassionate
Decisive Flexible
Disciplined Playful
Strong Vulnerable
Deliberate Spontaneous
Discerning Intuitive
Outgoing Introspective

Which quality do you value more in each pair?

Is there any doubt that most of us tend to choose up sides between qualities, valuing one in preference to its opposite? Or that most organizations often value the whole constellation of qualities on the left over those on the right?

Many companies now build leadership programs around developing "competencies," a list of core qualities they expect all their leaders to embody. It's one size fits all, and the aim is to help people get up to speed wherever they fall short.

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