Leadership skills matter. I don’t think the personality of a what makes a great leader has changed much in the last 50 years, but I think the core skill set has.
In the past the core three skills have been:
The ability to articulate with passion and conviction a plan to move your organization from point A to point B.
It’s dying because: We think more globally and collectively so our culture has it’s mind (and heart) on much bigger things than your little¬†organization.
Stand in front of a room full of people or a camera and captivate them with your chops. Just the ability to talk went a long way in the past.
It’s dying because: Content creation has become so easy that your mom and the 11 year old kid in their room can publish ‘movies’ and other content for the entire world to see. Your platform doesn’t matter anymore.
A powerful person can own an entire room full of people. It’s that simple. I’m not talking about your core personality, but your learned interaction skills.
It’s dying because: The majority of the people you are communicating too rarely, if ever, are in the same room with you.
A great leader in the past had this three skills wired and could combine them to accomplish great things with their¬†organizations.
So what are these three skills being replaced with? I’ll take a stab at it tomorrow, but in until then…what do you think?