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What are the personality traits that your leader possesses (e.g., extroversion, conscientiousness, openness, etc.)? From reading a few articles, I have come to the conclusion that Cisco Systems, CEO, John T. Chambers’ personality traits can surmised as open, opportunistic, and very conscious of the changing world. He believes that there are three characteristics of a good leader.
Chambers’ leadership style seems to be both directive and participative and since he took over as CEO, his leadership style changed from an over excessive command-and-control leader. By his own admission, Chambers used to be just that. But as he told the Financial Times, “The hardest thing you do as a leader is to change something that is working well. And yet I believe that companies and leaders who do not change will get left behind. And so I had to move from a command-and-control leader (to collaborative).” Collaborative leadership means “letting go” by involving others in decision making, listening to ideas, finding common ground, and striking compromises. And the type of power that he uses points toward expert; he is very knowledgeable about his field of work.
One article by the San Jose Mercury News business section referred to Chambers’ approach as him “wanting to reinvent Cisco Systems again.”
“There are three characteristics that make a good leader: First is producing results, second is building a quality team, and third is the ability to communicate direction.
— John Chambers”
A few excerpts from a Bloomberg BusinessWeek article that illustrate how open and opportunistic Chambers’ approach to leadership is:
“Cisco Systems Inc. Chief Executive Officer John Chambers said that the Internet of Everything -- connected products ranging from cars to household goods -- could be a $19 trillion opportunity.”
“This is not about technology at all,” Chambers said. “It’s about how it changes peoples’ lives forever.” (Chambers,...