In a marketplace that’s fast and fluid, the ability to demonstrate remarkable leadership continues to hold rich rewards. Leaders who courageously innovate will create the shift that drives recovery, audacious hope and exponential growth in the days ahead.
The million dollar question is what kind of leadership is needed in a fast and fluid marketplace? The core values of leadership; honesty, respect, integrity, flexibility, vision and clear communication (to name a few) are rock solid. It’s the ability to discern the times and attract, mobilize and keep a stellar team with a supple grace that will distinguish emerging leaders.
Connecting your team with their own intrinsic motivation is one of the challenges today’s leaders are responding to. The ability to help people bring out the best in themselves is paramount. People support what they help create. I read an insightful article on the subject this week at Jack Malcolm’s Practical Eloquence Blog that gives a valuable perspective.
The current business climate demands visionary leadership. We have weathered the biggest economic storm that most of us have experienced in our lives. Staffs have been cut and it’s become the norm for one person to be juggling the tasks of three people without any extra compensation. People have been glad to have a job. But as the winds and currents shift, people are valuing autonomy over tasks, meaning over money, mastery over mimicry.
As we begin to emerge into a period of recovery, strategic leadership will determine whether your organization will simply rehabilitate or actually dominate. Hoist the sails and be nimble as you head your vessel out to sea.
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work,
but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
– Antoine de Saint Exupéry