8 demands on leaders to stay relevant, viable and effective in the future.
Look around you
Never think you got it all figured out. New innovations, uprising creativity and ground breaking technology is speeding our lives. We must be on the watch all the time. Anticipating our changing environment and learning from the cultural shift is just what you need to stay a FUTURE LEADER.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. John F. Kennedy
As a FUTURE LEADER you are always in danger of separating yourself from the people you lead. Keeping your hierarchy flat means that you are staying close to the heartbeat of the people you lead. Keep the team spirit alive!
When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality. Joe Paterno
Challenge the Status Quo
As a FUTURE LEADER you know that the only thing that stays the same is – CHANGE! Because you know this, it is your duty to always challenge the Status Quo. Don’t expect anything to last for long. You are the one who will always ask the question “is this the best way we can do it?”. People will get annoyed with you because you think outside the box – all the time!
Everything is in a state of flux, including the status quo. Robert Byrne
Use your Language
As a FUTURE LEADER you need to communicate all the time. Nothing happens if no one says anything. Don’t think that people know unless you have explained it. Repeating vision and values is the leaders job! With words you give life, hope, vision and a sense of destiny.
Never underestimate the power of words.
As a FUTURE LEADER you want to involve people in creating a better future. With this in mind, you are always looking for ways to help people buy into the vision. The easiest way to create ownership is to make it personal, emotional and rewarding for everyone. Always look at what the costumer and employees value.
And I would argue the second greatest force in the universe is ownership. Chris Chocola
Lead by example
As a FUTURE LEADER you know – your life is your message! Make sure, that you “smoke what you sell”. People follow people! Staying true to your values and living them makes you lead by example. Don’t expect anything from anyone that you are not willing to do yourself.
Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Stay on your mission
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. Mohandas Gandhi
As a FUTURE LEADER you need to establish people around you who have the authority to reflect you in every way. No human is resistant to blind spots. No human is resistant to making excuses for lack of performance. With this in mind, you need to challenge yourself to make goals and define results.
Let your performance do the thinking. Charlotte Bronte
- What do you need to work on to stay a FUTURE LEADER?