by Anthony Middlebrooks, Scott J. Allen, Mindy S. McNutt and James L. Morrison
The challenges you will face in the coming decades are only now providing hints at the skills and strengths future leaders will need. Changes in the nature of work, technology, and personal and organizational values are altering what works in leadership. Now, as ever, the process-oriented approach of effective leadership offers the dynamic flexibility to bring those newly required skills to bear. This new skill set can be summed with five “Es”:
Enhance a collaborative work culture
Enact social intelligence
Identify your Essence
The most applicable strengths and skills of a leader may change somewhat over time, but the need for human intervention remains critical. The changes demanded in each of you will reflect a more dynamic approach to learning leadership that is somewhat different from the past. The initial task for designing your leadership self is to identify your area of strengths (influencing, executing, relating, and strategic thinking) and to devise a strategy that will enable you to take advantage of these.
By designing a concise leadership brand statement through the process described in this chapter, you can develop an image for setting the stage for becoming a future leader. Finally, your commitment letter should be stored in a safe place and referred to as you proceed in this text.