10 habits of ‘great leaders’

Google have spent the last 10 years studying the habits of effective leaders. And they have come up with a way to know in less than 5 minutes if someone is a great leader!

How? They ask the people the leaders lead!

Click here to see a link to a post from Inc. that shares the questions Google asks team members about their leaders. In addition to these core questions, employees are also asked two more questions:

  1. What would you recommend your manager keep doing?
  2. What would you have your manager change?

Interestingly, of all the questions, only one relates to skills that might be termed ‘hard skills’. All the others focus on ‘soft skills’. What leaders know matters, but communicating, delegating, creating a sense of autonomy and purpose, providing feedback and coaching, demonstrating respect and consideration for individuals, and working on the ‘team’ matters a lot more!

Importantly ‘good leaders allow their employees to turn “have to” into “want to,” because that transforms a job into something much more meaningful: an outward expression of each person’s unique skills, talents, and experiences.’

So here is our visual summarising these critical habits. And click this link to read more about each of them in a blog by Justin Bariso, a writer on Inc.