Heard Rene Carayol say this at Leaders in London. Very true. HR departments in large organizations who are currently working away diligently on your standardised, desired leadership behaviours, please note:
” We have been told for years now that there is a standard homogenised great leader type or template we have to aspire to. Organizations deliver one training programme, people are expected to become clone leaders. That doesn’t work. The marketplace tells us that difference works. Challenging the status quo and standing out from the pack is what makes a great leader. There is one question you need to find the answer to in order to define your difference: What do you stand for? “
I have a separate problem with the whole notion of ‘great leaders’ but I will come back to that in another post.