This research reported by Jack Zenger in the Harvard Business Review reinforces what we all know deep down are the traits that separate the competent from the exceptional individual performer.
The leadership skills identified are as follows.
Exceptional individuals :
Set ‘stretch’ goals and adopt high standards for themselves
Volunteer to represent their group
Embrace change rather than resisting it
Take the initiative
Walk the talk
Use good judgement
Display personal resilience
Give honest feedback.
It’s not a long read: The Behaviors that Define A-Players – http://pulse.me/s/110phI