Is executive leadership a matter of nature, nurture, or both? Probably the latter but nature likely plays a much larger role than anyone had imagined. Have you heard of rs4950? No, it is not a new Star Wars character but is “the leadership gene,” an inherited DNA sequence associated with natural leadership. Its discovery created quite a stir when Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, PhD, University College London & Centre for Economic Performance (LSE) and his team identified the heritability of leadership skills. Their findings revealed “genes might affect the development of individual attributes affecting the predisposition to occupy a leadership position.”
Regardless of genetics, my executive clients are—undeniably—leaders in their industries. When I work with executives to craft their individual career narratives, the focus of our discussion is on uncovering their “unique leadership DNA”: the skills, knowledge, attributes, and career accomplishments that make them different than every other leader who does what they do at their level and in their space.
In order to convey key points of executive leadership distinction and unique business value, it is crucial to identify your common experience and success threads, including the ways in which you’ve influenced the business, the operation, the organization, the culture, process, technology, people, and relationships. Equally important to demonstrate are the specific types of business problems you can help a company solve and how this aligns to your past experience.
If you are looking for a partner to help identify and convey your unique executive leadership DNA, contact me to learn more about how we can work together.