HOW TO BE AN AUTHENTIC AND FIERCE LEADER
The landscape of today’s organisations are continuing to change, and so do the qualities and characteristics that leaders must possess. Work is not the same as it used to be 15 years ago and we’re seeing dramatic changes our professional lives. The characteristics that made leaders successful in the past don’t necessarily mean it will make great leaders of today . Here are five qualities that you need to have to be successful as a 21st century leader.
Gone are the days wherein employees work hard to allow their leaders to succeed. Modern day leadership is about removing roadblocks in the paths of the team in order to help each member succeed. The success of a leader is seen by the success of the team as a whole. Today’s leadership recognises the value of each employee. When in the past, the leaders will say “Jump!” and the employees will ask, “How high?” Today, the leaders will jump with the employees.
You don’t need to be an IT expert. Leaders need to understand how technology impacts the way the team works. Leaders also need to have an understanding of what’s happening in the social media and what implications these trends carry. This allows the leaders to adapt and to evolve ahead of the competition.
Be secured in vulnerability
Leaders are okay with being vulnerable. This security comes with their openness and transparency. Gone are the days wherein the leaders are seen like military commanders, wherein they’re anything but vulnerable. Times have changed. Brene Brown tells us “Vulnerability is the absolute heartbeat of innovation and creativity. There can be zero innovation without vulnerability.”
Leaders who simply dole out orders for the employees to execute, no questions asked, was the traditional way they did it. Leaders had access to all the information and had all the decision-making power. In today’s organisation, decentralisation has been the trend because more responsibility and decision-making power has been shared with the employees. Leaders make sure they can connect with each other and to the information they need to get the jobs done.
Collaborate for innovation
Leaders are open to collaborate and to discover with their employees. It’s not until you trust yourself and others that real collaboration can really take place. Collaboration isn’t just about working closely together, but it’s also about taking leaps of faith together to discover the things that can take shape, whether it’s a new system, product, or information.
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