LEADERSHIP FOR NEW MILLENIUM
As we race towards the new millennium at warp speed, our leadership skills need to reflect the ever changing need of our constituents. In today’s changing business environment, employees are concerned about how to keep up and get control of their jobs. They also want to know what the customer is looking for now.
Once the whole industry changes, one has to adopt measures that will prevent the crashing and burning syndrome. One will need to develop skills to cope, adapt, adjust and stay in control.
The topic of leadership has undergone a lot of changes and there have been a lot of changing perspectives as time has gone by. These changes reflect shifts in the global economy, competition and human resource needs. Today there is a change from having a vision and actually executing it.
The visionary leader concept that dominated the ‘80s and 90s has been replaced by one that questions whether the provided information is indeed accurate. Implementation is emphasized in organizational life. The leader should be able to execute the vision successfully to ensure that it becomes a reality.
There are two distinct trends that mark the leadership requirements for the millennium. Successful implementation of these two trends requires specific behaviors.
A leader must be an effective process manager and must be able to multitask and oversee processes necessary to complete projects and tasks. He/she must also be a good communicator and develop a style of communications that builds and manages multiple relationships.
To be an effective mentor and coach, it is essential for the leader to develop team members and to transfer his/her skills and knowledge to team members.
Leaders are made, and not born. The present leaders should therefore strive to adapt to these changes or give way to new ones.