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Friday, March 24, 2006

Genius or Leader?

Found this listing of 20 characteristics of genius as compilied by Tony Buzan.
  1. Vision
  2. Desire
  3. Faith
  4. Commitment
  5. Planning
  6. Persistence
  7. Learning from Mistakes
  8. Subject Knowledge
  9. Mental Literacy
  10. Imagination
  11. Positive Attitude
  12. Auto-Suggestion
  13. Intuition
  14. Mastermind Group (Real)
  15. Mastermind Group (Internal)
  16. Truth/Honesty
  17. Facing Fears/Courage
  18. Creativity/Flexibility
  19. Love of the Task
  20. Energy (Physical/Sensual/Sexual)
Aren't these also qualities of great leaders?
Thanks to Paul Williams writing at Idea Sandbox for the posting.
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  • At 5:33 AM, Blogger Rocky said…

    Great list Steve. I have printed it and will post in a high visual area for frequent reminders. Thanks.

  • At 10:18 AM, Blogger Rosa Say said…

    Steve, these are indeed several of the qualities to be found in great leaders, but for me this list is just too long. From what I discern from the original post, I do like Buzan’s premise as Paul Williams describes it, to come up with a self-assessment quotient with which someone aspiring to be a better leader can continually seek to improve upon with their own performance, a report card of sorts on “self-leadership.”

    As you know, this month my leadership questions were in part stimulated by your book review on The One Thing you Need to Know [about leading in particular] by Marcus Buckingham. At any given time over the lifetime of an organization, or of a vision, that one thing is the leader’s ability to focus, channeling the strengths and energies of everyone else toward that singularly compelling focus, something Buckingham reduces to Clarity. By contrast, lists like this one remind me of the description for one who is a “jack of all trades and master of none.” In my mind, the leader is moving those led toward mastery of some kind.

  • At 10:49 AM, Blogger Steve Sherlock said…

    yes, Rosa. I agree... the listing is good food for thought but too long and as you recognize, not focused.

    We have had some good postings and comments around the qualitiies or characteristics of great leadership this month, I look forward to everyone's summary as the month comes to a close this week.

    Is there really one thing as Buckingham claims there is?

    Or is it that a great leader moving his/her group towards mastery, by nature will be something more like a chameleon, adapting to the situation, telling, no inspiring his/her folks to do what they need to do at the moment to keep moving in the one direction towards success (however that is defined for the group)?

    I am leaning this way. Life is too demanding to take it on with a static approach. We need to be quick on our feet and use all our wits to keep on track. The better image I guess is that of the steady hands on the helm, mindful of the changing winds and tides but moving towards the destination.

  • At 7:53 PM, Blogger Phil Gerbyshak said…

    Steve - interesting that you say that flexibility is such a key component in leadership (perhaps the one thing Marcus Buckingham didn't mention), and yet on this list, it's #18. I think chameleon-like qualities are important for all leaders to have, just as you do.

    I do believe if we're talking about the most persistent quality, I am voting for clarity (Buckingham) or "focus like a laser beam" (Lisa Haneberg).

    How about the clarity to know when we need to be flexible...and to know when we need to stand firm?

    Either way, a fabulous list of qualities that we can all certainly learn from. Thank you for sharing it.

  • At 12:52 PM, Blogger timage said…

    Steve - When I first read this list, I came across words that are familiar in much of the writing on leadership today. But as I reflected on these qualities working together, I became more uncomfortable.

    Perhaps it was the assumption that genius and leadership are similar. I'm not sure I agree with that. I would agree that each of these characteristics (although I'm not sure I know what "Mastermind Group" or "Auto-suggestion" mean from just reading the list...which probably shows my own genius!) are excellent areas for introspection, but not necessarily a leadership checklist.

    I would choose two from this list to gauge a person's leadership quotient: Vision & Courage.

    While I believe there are others on the list that benefit a person's character and competency, it is the ability to have a realistic picture of where the group is headed and the courage to take them there that sets one apart as a leader. The funny thing, is that I don't think it takes a genius to have either one of these.

    Thanks for providing the list in this light. It had me thinking all through lunch.

  • At 3:08 AM, Blogger Enlightened said…


    In the list, i will like to elaborate the mastermind group you have mentioned.

    What Masterminding REALLY is?

    First things first. The burning question in most of your heads now should be, “What Masterminding really is?” There are many definitions of Masterminding but they all carry the core principle of Masterminding.

    Perhaps only Dr. Napoleon Hill can best define Masterminding. He described Masterminding as the “coordination of knowledge and effort, in the spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.”

    He continued, “No two minds can ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible, intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind.”

    To put it simply, Masterminding is an effective and practical process to provide solutions to challenges, problems, and goal-achieving through other powerful tools such as creative brainstorming, networking and accountability structures.

    What is the core principle behind Masterminding? Masterminding happens when two or more people, in a spirit of harmony, tap into a creative source of power that is many, many times greater than the collective powers of each contributing individual. According to Dr. Hill, this creative source of power is the third mind, the Master Mind. And that is God, or the term you use for the all-powerful creative life force. I prefer to see it as the Master Mind, which is only made possible through the pure synergy of the group.

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