Leading is a specialty

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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/14/2002

In the past, choosing a leader meant picking someone with technical skills, expertise and knowledge of the business. However, times are changing and leaders no longer need to be all things to all people, says Kathleen Grace, a partner in Jackson Leadership Systems Inc. in Newmarket, Ont.

What employers need to look for are leadership specialties. The old model of trying to hammer everybody through the same mold isn’t effective anymore.

Her firm researched leaders in several companies and identified five categories.