Leadership is more important than ever before, yet true leaders are in short supply. There is a huge crisis of confidence in leaders. Since the financial crash of 2008, distrust in leaders has dramatically increased. Only one-third of people trust leaders.
One of the advantages to studying leadership through the lens of fiction is that fictional characters often exist in intense environments, where the stakes are high. Fiction works at the top of the performance game: It aims to hook the reader or viewer.
Leaders today should move away from an over-reliance on the one-sided communication that is characteristic of “command and control” to the language and behavior of connecting.
Servant leadership focuses on 10 specific characteristics: empathy, listening, awareness, healing, conceptualization, persuasion, stewardship, foresight, community-building and commitment to growth.
While there are many trainable leadership skills and tools in such core leadership competencies as strategic thinking, political alignment, smart communication and talent motivation, they do not, by themselves, produce effective leadership.
What does the Fourth Industrial Revolution mean for the people who lead organizations – and for the people who train them to do so?