That change feels like a thin line running right through “optimistic growth” and “nausea-inducing uncertainty.”
We are standing at the edge of one of the greatest shifts seen in business in the past century. This shift is demanding that leaders develop new skills and learn new tools to reach the next level of business performance.
Many executives and mid-level managers in the organizations we are helping have realized that while they have been promoted to leadership positions, they are in need of some guidance and support. Many of these leaders have been witnessing rapid changes in their businesses leading to increased levels of uncertainty in the marketplace. This environment of rapid change can often make it feel impossible to keep your leadership skills up to date.
These leaders approach us with the desire to lead their team, colleagues or organization to the next level of success. While they’ve accomplished quite a bit with their current skills, they know they need to build upon these skills in order to inspire outstanding performance and continued success. These leaders are ready to reap the rewards a fully committed and engaged workforce delivers.
Based on this critical need coming from both current and aspiring leaders we filtered out the fads and have defined 3 attributes of an effective 21st century leader.
It is important to note that these skills can be learned and easily forgotten if left unpracticed. Keep your leadership skills sharp by having an accountability partner.
The 3 Attributes of an Effective 21st Century Leader
Both self-awareness and organizational awareness are critical to your success as a leader. Knowing what makes you tick and what ticks you off can help you control your emotional reactions and maintain a level head in the most challenging positions you find yourself. When it comes to organizational awareness, knowing why your company exists allows you to communicate with passion and tie people to the core purpose of your company. A powerful leader combines clarity of purpose, interest in the ideas of others and high performance communication to maintain a strong connection between the hearts of employees and the needs of the business.
Continuous Improvement Mindset
A drive for results can really set apart a great leader from a mediocre leader. But all the drive in the world will get you nowhere if you aren’t taking the time to calibrate along the way. A leader who is open to feedback from colleagues, direct reports and managers will find greater success in learning than what shear bull-headed force can ever accomplish. Keep your eyes on the prize, but make sure you are taking the time to learn what’s working and what’s not.
Your ability to persuade others is a critical leadership skill that spans several aspects of your work. To rally the troops behind a new initiative, convince a customer of the benefits of purchasing your product or service, and to gain the support and respect of your colleagues all hinge on your ability to effectively communicate your message. Imagine not having the ability to provide feedback (positive or constructive) or to tackle a difficult conversation with ease. The ripple effects throughout your team would be tremendous and can result in eroding performance and a lack of motivation to be the best. Knowing the communication skills that deliver excellence and inspire performance set you apart as a leader.
Emotional Intelligence Is Your Competitive Advantage
To be an effective 21st century leader, EQ is your secret weapon and the red thread running through each of the attributes listed above. The 3 Attributes of an Effective 21st Century Leader will give you a jump-start on the competition. In fact, research conducted by TalentSmart shows there are significant monetary and career benefits resulting from increasing your EQ.
Consider the following statistics:
- People high in EQ make an average of $29k more per year
- 90% of high performers are also high in EQ
- EQ is more important to job performance than any other leadership skill
- By learning and sharpening these attributes you are more likely to outperform your peers
Don’t take our word for it. Check out the research and more tactics to boost your EQ in Emotional Intelligence 2.0 or Daniel Goleman’s groundbreaking book, Emotional Intelligence.
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