New Leadership Essentials | Pt. 2 – fresh skills

Yesterday I laid out the three main skills that leaders have leaned on since more or less the industrial revolution. I said that I think they are dying. So what replaces them?

As we move to a global village culture and the world becomes more connected, it will become more class-less and it is already happening in the more technologically advanced countries. ¬†This is especially true in intellectual space. The ‘expert class’ is not what it used to be, no longer can you simply contribute knowledge but you must also be a part of the design process of what ever it is your organization is looking to accomplish.

It’s no longer enough to have a great idea you must also be willing and able to put your boots on and get some things done and make something. The smallness of the world allows us all to see that anyone can have a great vision and even a strategy to accomplish it…but you have to be able to design it and craft it to be a leader.

Can you take people on journey across multiplatforms and mediums and spark a movement? Not just the simple oration of a story over 30 minutes. Some stories take years to play out before the people on the journey come to the final climactic scene and take the action that the leader intended. Some stories are 140 characters long and last a few minutes…even a few seconds in the life of one individual.

Pure communication skills just don’t cut it, one must understand and relate to the reality of those you wish to communicate to and the various mediums by which the story is told. I don’t believe this can be faked; leaders must have a firm grasp of this because this ever shrinking global culture can spot a fake¬†infinitely¬†better than generations past.

You first need to truly care about those you wish to lead and those you wish to impact through your¬†organization and then you must clearly communicate that you care.¬†¬†Leaders who can put on a good show are a dime a dozen, but leaders who can truly and¬†genuinely¬†care…and prove it will create powerful movements.

Being a a captivating personality will only get you so far, you must care and you must be able to scale your caring to an ever growing movement if you wish to grow your organization.

If you read part one you may be thinking that these three skills are basically the same…maybe, maybe not?

Am I hitting something here or am I way off?

6 thoughts on “New Leadership Essentials | Pt. 2 – fresh skills

  1. <span class="topsy_trackback_comment"><span class="topsy_twitter_username"><span class="topsy_trackback_content">the old leader – the new leader –</span></span&gt;

    August 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm
  2. On to something, yes. New, I'm not so sure – more like changed.

    Design is the present form of vision.

    Story is the present form of communication.

    And charisma was always a pseudo form for genuine caring.

    August 17, 2010 at 2:39 pm
    1. On the nose Craig….right where I was headed

      August 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm
  3. really like design! just experienced that last wk working w two of the developers on my team.

    i realized i am barely hanging on and able to be a part of the design process in a meaningful way–to be more of a player i'm starting to hone and increase my skills in css/html, as well as reading lots of ux/ui content online.

    August 18, 2010 at 6:41 am
  4. I particularly like your re-design of charisma into caring. I know of a certain person (anonymous, but you can try to guess if you want) who winds up being a good leader because she legitimately cares for people: she loves them so much they just want to be around her. She doesn't need the ability to command a large room; she just needs to smile, offer practical help (such as food), and ask an insightful question or two. That really *is* charisma, just not in the old way of thinking.

    In this particular friend's case, I think it's too bad that one of her former leadership roles doesn't exist anymore (which is a long story…). The care she demonstrated in that role was so very real and filled a real void in an otherwise task-dominated environment. We need to constantly find ways to empower leaders who have these "new" skills to put them to use in meaningful ways.

    August 18, 2010 at 11:47 am

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