As technology evolves, businesses need to adapt to the disruptive changes, and leadership is no exception. For companies to survive in the highly competitive business world, leaders have to model the change.
Leadership has transformed in the last decade. So much has changed, and the only way to remain relevant as a leader is to adapt to these changes.
Characteristics of a Good Leader
Workplaces have experienced a change from autocratic leadership to inclusive leadership. In the recent past, leaders used to make decisions based on their personal views without engaging other employees. Today, an effective leader considers the views and opinions of other employees when making a decision.
In addition, today’s effective leaders lead by example. They inspire, serve, and motivate their team to pursue loftier goals. Good leaders model integrity, empathy, creativity, and trust. Their purpose is not to seek recognition or praise but to help their team become better. They develop a sense of gratification from the success of others.
Why Bossing is Not Leadership
In the past ten years, numerous leaders were bosses in the workplace. They showcased their power by ordering people to do things and disciplining their juniors whenever they were wrong. Bossing is an ineffective style of leadership in today’s workplace. Here are the characteristics of the bosses.
- Ridicules or criticizes
- They are know it all kind of people
- Talks more and listens less
- Orders or directs
- They are egocentric and self-absorbed
- They blame others for their mistakes
Effective Styles of Leadership
Leadership is evolving, so do the workplace. The millennials view leadership from a different perspective than the previous regime. Millennials do not agree with the notion of people from “high rise offices wearing suits” bossing people around.
Those kinds of leaders are no longer accepted in the workplace. Leaders who direct, blame others for their mistakes, and magnify their weaknesses are becoming instinct.
Good leaders are replacing bossy leaders with the following attributes:
- Take responsibility for their mistakes
- Good listeners
- They are team-oriented
- They coach, build, train and encourage
- They are ready to learn new things
The evolving workplaces need a more effective leadership style. Therefore, companies need to nurture and train their new generation of leaders to meet their goals.