Leadership In The 21st Century
What makes leadership in the 21st century new style different than previous formulas for effective leaders?
The answer can be explained in three words; empowerment, sharing and relationships. Read on to learn how focusing on these areas can make leaders who implement these ideas even more powerful and influential.
#1: Empowerment 21st century leaders realize that to effectively cement their position, they cannot rule over others with an iron fist. These only leads to resentment and inefficiency. Instead, leaders now realize they must empower those below them, be they employees or constituents. By giving others the right to educate themselves, make their own decisions and act on them, the new leader encourages each member of the group to reach their full potential. Instead of just directing others, the new leader learns how to teach others to become self directed in their attempts to help reach the goals of the group. This greatly improves the success rate of the group – and makes the leader look even better for having helped achieve that goal.
#2: Sharing By sharing information, responsibility and power among others in the group, leaders can further encourage improved performance and results. This is effective in almost any setting, from corporate to community. By sharing in these ways, leaders can help bring out the best strengths of each group member and tap into those strengths. It is important to remember that this sharing is not a top-down one way line of communication. Instead, leaders will encourage fluid multi-directional communication between all members of the group. The leader’s role is to facilitate, not control, this process.
#3: Relationships Building further upon the first two aspects of effective 21st century leadership is the concept of relationship building. By building close relationships with each member in the group and making sure they know that their skills and input are valued, leaders continue to expand and grow the groups’ energy and with it their ability to make their goals and visions a reality.
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