Leadership Skills In A Transformational Marketplace

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leadership developmentEthical and transparent leadership carry more weight in the business community than at any time in the past. As new  business cultures that are open and collaborative become dominant in the sustainability of businesses large and small, the importance of transformational leadership skills can impact the company’s survivability and prosperity in the face of the global economy.

Leadership in the 21st century had been redefined. It is apparent that sustainable leadership qualities will continue to change as global conditions merit. Not every leader is comfortable with the new age of open innovation and collaboration. But, it is clear that for corporate cultures of all sizes to engage in the unbelievable opportunities provided by these new markets, leaders can never be too transparent, too ethical or too committed. There is plenty of evidence about what happens when these qualities and others are not at the top of the culture and do not permeate every unit of the business.

Charisma Can be Confused With Leadership

A common mistake made by board members, shareholders and even loyal company workers is the confusion that charismatic leadership can cause. Charisma is often a side effect of great leadership but it should not be interpreted as good leadership.

Leadership is “a matter of personal conviction and believing strongly in a cause of aim.” This does not mean that leadership is not sometimes misguided. But, it does imply a certain passion and consistency that every enterprise can use.

There are several types of leadership. In closed corporate cultures, the sign of the leader was often an iron grip on the corporation or enterprise. Those days are long gone. Today’s leaders must be committed, flexible, adaptable and emotionally secure.

Adaptability The New Norm

The importance of adaptability has new weight in open innovation cultures. Leaders must lead by example and bed prepared to collaborate internally and externally with great frequency. The leader that encourages and builds a collaborative culture is committed to ongoing coaching, peer learning and team building exercises.

These are popular and effective tools in new cultures. For many businesses, the acceptance of these training methods may well determine the survivability of the enterprise. These skills and leadership models have little to do with wealth and even education. These skills can be learned.

Intuitive abilities and technical abilities do weigh in on these leadership skills but in the end there is nothing like outstanding leadership and confidence to set managers apart.

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