Certain personality traits and characteristics are associated with leadership potential. The dominant thinking is that extrovert or charismatic people make for strong leaders — and this is not something unique to the development sector, explained Girish Menon, chief executive of ActionAid UK.
Leadership coach Joanne Weston explains why understanding your personality type and those of the people you lead is key in bettering your leadership skills.
Menon’s team has been making a conscious effort to change perceptions of leadership and to recognize and nurture different forms of leadership potential. As a result, there has been more diversity in those applying for jobs and making it through the door at Action Aid, he said. A more diverse group of staff have also demonstrated confidence in going for more senior roles, he continued.