Community//

10 Factors that Will Define the Future of Leadership

What does it take for leaders to thrive in change? Warren Bennis in his wonderful book “On Becoming a Leader” has identified ten factors for personal and organizational characteristics for coping with change, and creating learning organizations. Here are the ten factors with my take on each. Leaders manage the dream – The first step of […]

What does it take for leaders to thrive in change? Warren Bennis in his wonderful book “On Becoming a Leader” has identified ten factors for personal and organizational characteristics for coping with change, and creating learning organizations. Here are the ten factors with my take on each.

Leaders manage the dream – The first step of a leader is to communicate vision. The vision is something that excites the team into action. The leader should also be involved in recruiting, rewarding, retraining and reorganizing. Managing the dream is critical because people will forget the big picture unless the leader keeps reinforcing the vision.

Leaders embrace error – All great leaders understand that mistakes will be made. They should welcome failure and errors. Make sure you don’t go for perfection and go for excellence instead. Great leaders encourage risk.

Leaders encourage reflective backtalk – This means you surround yourself with people who will provide genuine constructive feedback. This is important for a leader to grow.

Leaders encourage dissent – This means you are open to criticism from the team. You encourage people to speak up. As Jim Collins mentioned in his seminal work “Good to Great” engage in vigorous debate not coercion.

Leaders possess the Nobel factor optimism faith and hope   – Leaders ensure they project an air of optimism. As it is there is enough negativity to go around so as a leader you should make sure you communicate optimism. Look for the good in every setback and always keep the larger vision in mind.

Leaders embrace the Pygmalion effect in management  – This means you always project positive expectations for the team. Your team will rise to the expectations you have for them.

Leaders have the Gretsky factor a certain touch – Wayne Gretzky famously said “I don’t go where the puck is but go where the puck is going to be.” Leaders understand where the organization is going to be in the future and drive their decisions based on that.

Leaders see the long view – Obviously the leaders have a long term view of life and the way things are going to turn up. This is important because unless you have a long term view you will encounter temporary setbacks which can derail you.

Leaders understand stakeholder symmetry – Begin with the end in mind but be prepared for every crisis on the way. This means keep all stakeholders internal and external in mind. Communicate with all stakeholders and ensure there are no surprises.

Leaders create strategic alliances and partnerships – Leaders think globally and understand that partnership with like-minded organizations is important to move forward in the future.

Finally Warren Bennis says the next generation of leaders will have the following in common. They are Broad education ,Boundless curiosity, Boundless enthusiasm, Contagious optimism, Belief in people and teamwork, Willingness to take risks, Devotion to long-term growth rather than short-term profit, Commitment to excellence, Adaptive capacity, Empathy, Authenticity, Integrity, and Vision. If we even half of these we will lead incredibly well.

There you have it the 10 factors that will help you cope with change, forge a new future and create learning organizations.

The views expressed here are my own and do not represent my organization.

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Learn more or join us as a community member!
Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Community//

7 Keys to be an Inspiring Leader and 4 Leadership Styles

by Shyam Ramanathan
Community//

Leadership in difficult times

by Sara M Bosworth

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.