The 21st century has shown various challenges for leaders and employees. The world is interconnected and fast moving; hence, leaders need to be equipped with stress tolerance skills, have cognitive flexibility, and have divergent thinking. Even though, technology is very effective, new theories of leadership emphasize the importance of trust and building a long lasting relationship. In a competitive world, leaders should be ready to take risks, have novel ideas and the skills to build partnerships that address globe challenges. 21st century needs leaders who incorporate skills that are in the domain of psychology and cognitive science.
Leaders of 21st century must stand out and be original. It means that a leader should take time and think about material he hears and read (NSELA, 2010). In addition, it is very important for a leader to have a perspective that inspires people, and at the same time, apply knowledge from different areas. Leaders should tell a different story about a material by connecting it to their life experience. In addition, a leader must have a novel way of communication and handling problems.
21st century requires leaders, who can act effectively. It means that a leader can do things right. This process does not mean a leader gets to do things quickly or do the most activities for a short period. A good leader should take time to set up goals and come up with a vision (Trilling & Fadel, 2009). Therefore, a leader should set a balance of doing the urgent and significant missions of the company.
Everybody makes mistakes, and leaders should understand that making a mistake does not mean they have failed. The bigger the goals in a company, the more mistakes a leader is likely to make. Therefore, leaders must be innovative and venture into areas where nobody has ever gone (Trilling & Fadel, 2009). It is very easy to do things the same way they have always been done; therefore, the 21st century needs leaders, who do things differently. Doing things differently ensures the long-term outcome to be more than doing things the usual way. Therefore, it is important to take risks that mean failing or even messing up extremely. Self-confident is fundamental, though it builds up when a leader experiences success. Even when a leader is doing something new, it is important to remember prior success and the personal qualities created.
Leaders must embrace change because change is inevitable. It is because we live in an era of technological, economical and geographical change. Old formulae are not doing well in the current world. Furthermore, the brain is working new radical ways for viewing the world differently. Mobile technology has made the world a smaller place; thus, everyone has a voice. This process creates many challenges but has also has come up with new opportunities.
The central figure in any business is the leader, who acts as a decision maker of the company. Therefore, they ought to be vigilant and sober when managing their workers so that they can gain confidence and respect from them. In a competitive world, leaders should be ready to take risks, have novel ideas and skills to build partnerships that address globe challenges. Leaders should tell a different story about a material by connecting it to their life experience. It does not mean a leader gets to do things quickly or doing the most activities within the shortest time.
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