Modern leadership includes 4 key archetypes
Every era of business has its own unique features and priorities, and into these situations step leaders equipped to handle the moment. Today’s workplaces are centers for innovation and progress, and having the ideas and ambition to move an industry forward is often the mark of great leadership. The Harvard Business Review recently isolated four traits that such successful individuals tend to exhibit. (Dec. 18, Taylor)
- Excitement about learning: There are wholesale changes occurring in industries of all kinds, and leaders who are excited to implement new approaches are poised to succeed. These executives love to learn about the latest developments, and expect the same of their teams.
- Willingness to pivot: In a corporate climate built on disruption, the hardest thing to disrupt may be oneself. Bosses who are willing to toss their own practices and ideas aside in favor of new ones can stay relevant.
- A Stubborn sense of optimism: Hard-won optimism and confidence are some of the emotional traits that will carry companies through uncertain or tough times. Employees of all levels look to leaders for inspiration.
- Fearlessness when experimenting: Many attempts to create new products or services fail. Leaders who keep greenlighting these efforts, even in the face of past failures, are setting their teams up for breakthroughs.
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