The importance of leadership character

An objective framework allows HR practitioners to understand leadership behaviours and embed them into their organizations
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/12/2016
Nelson Mandela. Credit: Jim Bourg (Reuters)

For the last year, leadership character has been front and centre in the news cycle, thanks in large part to the campaign leading up to the United States presidential election.

Contrary to natural talent, leadership is a trait largely built upon the decisions we consciously make, according to Gerard Seijts, a professor of organizational behaviour at Western University’s Ivey Business School in London, Ont.

Good leaders are impactful and memorable, said Seijts, speaking at a Strategic Capability Network event in Toronto recently, offering up names such as the late South African president Nelson Mandela, Maple Leaf Foods owner Michael McCain, and retired bank president Ed Clark.