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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Traits of Leaders

In this month’s Harvard Business Review, a revealing interview with General Electric’s Jeffrey Immelt shows that GE has defined five growth traits for all of GE’s leaders.

In their quest to become growth oriented (the target is to sustain an 8% rate of organic growth), Immelt tells us they had to change some of their DNA.

Here are the 5 traits of GE’s growth leaders:
  1. External focus
  2. Imagination and creativity
  3. Clear thinking and decisiveness
  4. Inclusiveness
  5. Deep domain expertise

BOTTOMLINE: "Which brings us back to what leadership development is all about - a scalable and repeatable process of individual improvement tailored to the future needs of the business."

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