Leadership skills for the future.
Great leadership transcends industry. We have all seen how successful leaders can utilise their skills to drive performance and create success regardless of the industry or level within the organisation within which they work.
Technical expertise and industry knowledge can only get Leaders so far. To become a successful leader today and to remain successful into the future, will require a blend of well-honed strategic, tactical and people skills.
Leaders today are likely to face more complex changes and challenges in the next 10 years than they faced in the preceding 20 years. According to Hay Groups, ‘Leadership 2030’ report, Leaders will have to navigate six megatrends, which will affect their organisations. These trends are
2. Climate change
3. Demographic shifts
6. Technological convergence
So what skills and competencies must great and aspiring leaders possess to steer their organisations, divisions or departments successfully into the future? According other leadership experts the following competencies have been identified as vital.
• Global acumen
• Emotional intelligence
• Management of a diverse workforce
• Strategic visioning
• People development
• Passion and optimism
• Decision making
• Results orientation
This is a great list, but in practice, what does this mean? When people possess these competencies and demonstrate the associated behaviours, their performance is likely to be far superior to that of someone who does not possess the competencies.
The good news is that competencies can be developed, so strong leadership is something you need to work on every day. This development journey has to start with self-awareness, recognising where your strengths lie, then understanding what is required, filling the gaps if they exist through coaching, mentoring or training and then doing the things necessary to be successful.
It’s more than just learning how to solve problems and making decisions – it’s about making your division or organisation better through everything you do. This means that you need to understand how and when to make a decision, be proactive, recognise problems before they appear, constantly look for opportunities to improve whether that is by reducing costs, increasing effectiveness or increasing revenue. I strongly believe, Leaders need to passionately embrace their organisations Vision, empower their teams and be constantly learning and growing. When people believe in you because they know you believe in yourself and the company vision, they’ll likely trust and follow you– and that’s the mark of a true leader.