There are hidden dimensions to. What you see isn’t necessarily what you get.
John Mattone, a Florida-based consultant, says that strong leaders need a strong “inner core” as well as an impressive “outer core.” Many people mistakenly judge the outer core alone.
Outward behaviors are easy to evaluate. A leader who makes wise decisions, cites relevant facts or tells vivid stories may come across as a dynamo.
But for Mattone, it’s the less visible leadership traits that matter even more. Examples include courage, diligence and integrity.
Author of Intelligent Leadership, Mattone prizes maturity as one of the most crucial inner characteristics of strong leaders. A mature individual has an unshakable belief in what’s right. It’s the foundation upon which everything else rests.
Maturity brings perspective. When facing a tough challenge, a mature leader can step back and assess the situation with clarity and wisdom based on personal experience. You’re more apt to respond with versatility when you’re able to adopt a mature outlook and analyze complexities from a position of calm detachment.
Similarly, leaders with unyielding admirable values tend to garner respect. It’s not enough to talk about your values; you need to follow through in quiet but consistent ways to show that you treat such values—from honesty to—as real and meaningful.
“It’s been my experience that a leader’s strong inner core will predict a strong outer core,” Mattone says.
—Adapted from “How to Choose Tomorrow’s Leaders,” John Mattone.