Leaders have to learn and practice new leadership behaviours to overcome some of the habits that are limiting their current or future effectiveness. In the second of two articles, I examine the factors that can help senior executives overcome the challenges to developing new leadership capabilities.
Executives, like all human beings, behave the way they do because of a combination of genetic and experiential factors: To start with, each of us has been designed to function more effectively and efficiently in some ways. Then our experiences – especially our pre-adult experiences – have contributed to reinforce some of these predispositions and override others. The net result is a series of neural connections that allow us to function quickly and, for the most part, effectively enough.