Analytical leaders need to have good people skills—a trait that is not as obvious as it sounds. Many highly analytical people seem to prefer computers and data to people; they don’t sympathize, empathize or communicate well with others. But if you don’t have good people skills, you’re not going to be a good leader of any type—including analytical.Push for more data and analysisThe core responsibility of an analytical leader is to set the expectation that people will make decisions based on data and analysis. If someone comes to you with a recommendation that appears to be based on intuition, you’ll push back if you’re an analytical leader. If you let people get away with sloppy logic and uninformed intuition as their primary decision tools, they won’t naturally move towards analytics and facts—tools that are harder to gather and use. Most people need a bit of urging to move in the analytical direction.
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