What makes a good leader?

Choose leaders carefully: Firms live or die by the people promoted
By Doug Macnamara
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/04/2009

Layoffs, hiring freezes, restructurings — those are the harsh realities of the current business environment. Despite this, there are still plenty of opportunities.

Now, more than ever, an organization’s choice about whom to promote into a senior leadership role, or how to advance people on a more technical path, is critical. High performers must still be attracted, retained, groomed and promoted.

But organizations still struggle with finding the right people to be leaders and sometimes promote someone who is good in a technical role but won’t make a good leader. To overcome these challenges, organizations need to understand what makes a good leader. And that starts with understanding leadership competency.