Job Description for a Thriving Leader

I had some fun thinking about what the job description for a “thriving leader” might look like after reading the wonderful guest post on Dan McCarthy’s blog about Getting Beyond Survive to Thrive at Work. I took some liberties and added many of my own thoughts. What do you think? What would you add?

Job Title: Thriving Leader

Job Purpose: Lead others in the organization in such a way as to release the potential they may be  holding back (even if they are unaware that they are doing so).


  • Must know yourself: what’s important to you? Your values, your purpose, your ways of being a leader.
  • Must be able to express the above to your followers.
  • Must be able to let go of having all of the answers. Understand that your followers’ knowledge is important.
  • Next, get to know your followers personally. “Followers” are not strictly limited to your employees, but inclusive of your manager, your peers, your customers, your vendors, etc.
  • Understand what others need from you and then give it when you can. Follow through on the commitments you make.
  • Become strategic about your relationships: who can help you? What can you give back?
  • Communicate more than you think you need to, and in more ways than you thought possible.
  • Be visionary. Communicate the vision. Then do it again and again.
  • Listen to others to the point of disappearing.
  • Become curious, and ask powerful questions “What do you need from me to get the job done?” “What are the barriers to achieving your full potential”?
  • Keep working at all of the above. Don’t stop when the going gets tough or stress is high; in fact, you must step up your efforts in these times.
  • Meet the organizational goals for your position. You already know what they are, and by using the above competencies, go above and beyond them.

Primary Objectives:

  • Genuinely create and foster relationships within the workforce that are positive, healthy, focused on using the talents of each and every individual in the organization in order to inspire, influence and motivate all to meet business objectives.
  • Intentionally assure your own self-development and the development of every individual around you.
  • Assure that the greater good is served by serving those around you.

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Mary Jo Asmus is the founder and President of Aspire Collaborative Services LLC, an executive coach, writer, internationally recognized thought leader, and a consultant who partners with organizations of all kinds to develop and administer coaching programs. She has “walked in your shoes” as a former leader in a Fortune company.


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