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Do You Have The Leadership BLT Factor

Alexandria Joy - Monday, March 02, 2015
The virtue of a man ought to be measured, not by his extraordinary exertions, but by his everyday conduct. Blaise Pascal

Business leaders and entrepreneurs with the BLT Factor have a distinct competitive edge over others. And as the quote above suggests, it's not that they are necessarily superior, nor achieve extraordinary things, but  that they instill great trust through the little things, and their every day actions and behaviours. 

You can have a compelling vision, focused strategy, excellent communication skills and a talented team, but if you don't have these three things that make up the BLT Factor yyou will always fall short of the results you want. 

What are the 3 key skills that make up the Leadership BLT Factor? Watch this four minute video to find out what they are and how you can apply them to your leadership toolkit:

Have you ever worked for a boss that lacked the BLT factor? How did this leave you feeling and what were the challenges it created in your workplace? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Ray Kress commented on 03-Mar-2015 09:15 AM
Thank you UQ for wrapping up, what makes a good leader into a single and easy to understand bun.
I've often tried to explain to others, why working in our workplace feels so rewarding.
Now I know. It's the BLT of our manager.
The reason why I work with nice people in a safe inspiring environment is not due to good luck but to the BLT of our boss.
Again, a useful succinct presentation by UQ Power.
Heidi commented on 03-Mar-2015 04:51 PM
Thanks for your comments Ray - I am pleased we encapsulated in a single bun everything you've tried to explain. How wonderful that you have manager with the BLT factor - must be a great place to work!
Mary Ellen Miller commented on 06-Mar-2015 05:44 AM
Believability- Integrity is huge!
Likeability - You are right it pays to be likeable and empathetic.
Underpromise and overdeliver is something I ascribe to.
Finally, trustworthiness is so important Heidi! Good video. Love the hook of BLT. Thanks!
Jessica commented on 08-Mar-2015 01:17 PM
I worked for a boss who lacked the BLT factor! I called him Costanza because of the episode of Seinfeld when George Costanza trampled a birthday party of kids to save himself when there was an apartment fire. That's the kind of boss I had. He'd do anything to save himself and it created a lack of trust and insecurity that trickled down. It resulted in constant turnover.
Trudy Scott commented on 08-Mar-2015 02:02 PM
It's so funny to read about BLT when you're a vegetarian! But I love these qualities: trust, likeable, empathetic and have always been a fan of underpromise and overdeliver!
Tandy commented on 09-Mar-2015 09:04 AM
Great video and article. I have worked for someone who lacked the BLT factor and it was very difficult to trust them because they didn't have the integrity and credibility (Believability) and they didn't earn my respect (Trustworthiness). People that don't have the Likeability factor make it tough to care for them and what they care about. I love your point about underpromising and overdelivering. I also like your comment that employees watch their leaders' words and actions to see if they are consistent with the message they are sending. Be careful of everything you say and do as you are making a difference and you are either making deposits or withdrawals every day in your relationship.
Mira commented on 09-Mar-2015 03:37 PM
I love the idea of the BLT factor. Trustworthiness can be huge in a corporate setting (and in business in general). All too often I have seen business settings where the employees feel like it's an us versus them setting. Perhaps if there was less of that and more trust things would be different.

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