Art Markman, author of several books on analogical reasoning, categorization, decision-making and motivation, has written a new book, “Habits of Leadership” (Perigee, Jan. 2013). In the e-book, now available online, Markman addresses how aspects of personality influence the habits one brings to leadership situations. He does this by demonstrating the correlation of personality and habits, and the impact they have on leadership potential and innovation success.
In a recent interview on Fox 7 Good Day Austin, Markman shared insight into how people with highly agreeable personalities can have difficulties leading unless they find ways to overcome their discomfort with being critical and preference for being indirect.
Here are some highlights from his on-air interview:
“Certainly if you want to be a leader you need to establish a rapport with others. But direct communication leads to efficient leadership.”
He recommends that those who have such agreeable personalities and find themselves in a position of leadership develop a script to deliver criticism such as: “I know it’s hard to hear this type of criticism, but…” and follow with a clear, direct statement.
“Not everybody is a natural leader, but if you find yourself in a situation in which you need to be a leader, you can learn to do it more effectively. And ‘Habits of Leadership’ can help.”
More about the author: Markman, the Annabel Iron Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology, is the founding director of the Human Dimensions of Organizations, a new program at The University of Texas at Austin. The program offers professional seminars, and, beginning in fall 2013, a Masters of Arts degree program for working professionals in a variety of career fields.