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The Leadership Capital Index by Dave Ulrich

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CHAPTER 5Execution Proficiency

Investors Want Leaders Who Get Things Done

An investor once told me that he had almost never seen a pessimistic projection of the future. Most leaders present opportunities for growth. Fewer deliver. Leadership proficiency in execution becomes an essential part of investor confidence.

Some investor assessment of execution proficiency is found in the “past experience and performance” indicator from the personal proficiency element (described in Chapter 3), but investors want to know what is behind the pattern of meeting commitments. That insight will help them predict how well leaders will execute going forward. They also want to know if current leaders are the go-to people, the ones who can get things done when ...

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