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[INFOGRAPHIC] 8 Traits of Tomorrow’s Leaders

[INFOGRAPHIC] 8 Traits of Tomorrow’s Leaders

Leadership can be an ambiguous term. We recognize what leadership is when we see it, but nailing down a definition can be tricky. Read what these experts say and notice the variance in their responses:

“Leadership is solving problems.” – Colin Powell

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” —John Maxwell

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” —Warren Bennis

“Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” —Peter Drucker

If you want to lead, you face the challenge of operationalizing these lofty, theoretical definitions into daily actions that can help you be effective in your current environment.

That’s where this infographic can help. Effective leadership styles can change over time, and new research has identified shifting trends towards collaborative leadership. Collaborative leadership is a philosophy of leadership where the leader becomes a facilitator instead of an authority figure and allows the team or a group of people to collectively discuss problems, make decisions and innovate solutions.

 

Traditional vs Collaborative Leaders: 8 Key Indicators

The collaborative leader is the leader of tomorrow.

If developing your leadership style is important to you, try this self-assessment:

1. Choose what you consider to be the three most important traits of effective leadership listed under the collaborative leader side.

2. Among those three, choose the one at which you feel least-skilled.

3. Develop an action plan to improve this area:

- Ask “What will be the desired outcome if I improve this skill?” Make sure it’s measurable. This is how you will know you were successful.

- Determine 1 to 3 activities that will help you reach this outcome.

- Check in with yourself in 30 days to see how you are progressing. Better yet, ask a friend to check in with you.

Remember: important changes don’t always have to be monumental. Often times, big improvements are the result of a series of cumulating small changes, sustained over time.

Written by Tim Prusha

In addition to acting as editor of the Crown Online Now site, Tim is the Director of Marketing at Crown College. He recently graduated from the University of St. Thomas with his MBA and completed his first - and final - marathon.

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