Like all things, the world’s best leaders look and sound very different now than they did in the past. The worlds ever evolving organisations and workforces now demand a different type of leadership, gone are the days of banging a fist on the boardroom table, and here are the days of motivating, inspiring and taking employees on a journey.
There have been many studies to support this, looking at what employees currently look for in a leader. A Forbes study found that the top 5 qualities that employees look for are the ability to listen, give credit, adapt, display passion and have unwavering integrity. These softer skills show the increasing importance of the softer interpersonal side of a leader, in addition to their acumen and experience.
But as the world continues to evolve over the coming years, how will the role and qualities needed as a leader change in turn?
I couldn't agree more with this article, which highlights the increasing importance of the following skills;
- A strategic mindset
- Empathy & Self Awareness
- Embrace Technology
- A strong communicator
Looking at these skills and their increased importance takes me back to the first paragraph, where I highlighted my opinion that the role of the modern leader is to inspire and motivate. The ever changing and increasingly competitive markets that organisations operate in, make the ability to drive performance and commitment from employees a critical factor in achieving long term success.
The opportunity for organisations, is that many of these characteristics don’t need to be learnt or taught, they are often part of an individual’s personality and can be identified much earlier in a given career.
Many of our clients work to bring high potential leaders in to develop a pipeline that secures the future by having a talent pool of high potential future leaders. Considering how the role of a leader will continue evolve is critical in ensuring you attract talent that can meet the evolving role in the future.
When we hear the word water, an image immediately comes to mind, we know what we are talking about. The same does not happen with the term leadership or when we want to refer to the leader. However, this character plays a fundamental role in cultures and organizations.