Build These Leadership Skills

I had the pleasure of interviewing Overland Park, KS-based author Leigh Branham recently.  He's the author of three best-selling books, including Re-engage and The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave.

When asked what are the most important skills a leader should have to effectively lead, he offered this good advice:
  • Vision
  • Integrity
  • Courage
  • Authenticity
In addition, he suggests that to be effective a leader should have:
  • the ability to face and address unpleasant realities
  • the willingness to welcome disagreement and open discussion
  • the ability to open up and field tough questions
  • the balance to be both tough and tender minded
  • the ability to adapt oneself to the needs of those being led
Most important, according to Branham, is a leader should have authenticity and courage.


  1. Curious: wouldn't being authentic also lead to having integrity. What would the difference of these definitions be?


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