TOP MOST POWERFUL SKILLS GLOBAL LEADERS REQUIRE IN THE 21st CENTURY
There Is A Story…
The story of humanity is the story of the dialectics of leadership: by this, I mean the continuous rise and fall of a vision, a mission-based edifice,a people, a leader! When I saw Antoine Faqua’s Olumpus Has Fallen, something within me got thrilled, and devastated afterwards. I simply felt sad at the sight of the White House being “down”! More painful was the loss of patriots and innocent citizens. For the better part however, good movies always have a way in resolving conflicts therein. The Trojan War also rings a bell in this respect: lives and properties plundered, city torn down; the invasion of the gods etc.My point: scenarios such as this almost always authenticate leadership as the dictator of virtually everything worthwhile in life.
The World environment today.
The world is characterized by a high level of scientific and technological accomplishments, continuous globalization, social affiliations, and the likes. In my estimation, this era is the most dynamic, rapidly evolving and fast-paced in the history of the world. The realities and circumstances of this day isn’t the same as that of the medieval or ancient epoch.
What it Implies.
It merely suggests that the extent to which there can be any immense contribution to the dynamism of this century is largely factored on how effective leaders perform, and what solid impact is evidenced by their leadership styles.
Leadership is an Art.
It is the art and practice of taking a people’s vision, hopes, and dreams to the expected end. Napoleon Bonaparte – a one-time charismatic leader of France- defines a “leader as a dealer in hope”. John Quincy Adams would teach that “if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”. On global scale, effective leadershipbis the art of bringing about transformational change in the society by harnessing available resources for the good of humanity as well as the continuous sustenance of the environment.
Who do we Need?
The contemporary world is in need of exemplary, dedicated, and helpful servant- leaders whose passion is geared towards promoting the good and betterment of the led. For a fact, the styles and types of leadership today is predicated and appreciated on delivery and sustainability. This proves veritable when one looks around and observes obvious changes, growth and advancement in the lives and environment of a people whose hopes, needs and expectations were hitherto abashed. It is interesting to note that successful leaders bring a people, (not necessarily to where they want to be), but more importantly, to where they should be.
There are political, religious, economic, cultural, educational leaders in all spheres of the society today, whose roles, styles, delivery, and impactful strategies qualifies as amazing, effective and exemplary for future leaders. There are also those whose leading counteracts the flourishing of its people. For the latter, such leaders lack the necessary ingredients and essential traits quintessential for the leadership of its people.
Basic Principles of Leadership.
The 21st century leadership role places so much emphasis on acquiring key skills and developing character traits, relevant to the demands of today’s world.
Vision is an essential trait of contemporary leaders. This is the ability to see in clear terms what lies ahead. Studies have shown that most real leaders share one singular thing in common as a means of direction: a focused vision. It is as though they live the future, and this is key to any well-meaning, people-oriented leader. Visionary leadership is basically about focusing on what matters most. Vision is what determines the destiny and purpose of the led. The ability to visualize the future from now is a clear distinctive factor in the scope of modern leadership.
Political, social, religious and business leaders must be persons with a vision for the future and destiny their people. This is pivotal for where vision is lost, people perish helplessly.
It is also vital that visionary leaders understand the need for consistent focus on what is necessary and important to the existence and betterment of the society. I proffer that a strategic way to developing and activating this trait/skill is by having an understanding of the past and evaluating the present. This clarifies the grey areas of lifeas well as giving the future a prospect. Indeed,future leaders must be eagle-eyed, focused, and optimistic if they want to affect their generation positively.
Mentoring and Effectiveness
Effective leaders have special interests, traits, behavioral patterns and social understanding which provides for institutional progress and structural stability. The leadership style anyone adopts cannot be separated from their learning, background and environment in which they are working. To this end, future global shapers must study the lives and achievements of leaders who have proven themselves exceptional. More, they should learn the things remarkable leaders did differently and build on them using their creativity. They will learn from lives of mentors and afterwards, become role models to potential leaders.
The modern world is clearly unique and as such, the need of the contemporary man is deeply rooted in self- actualization. Thus, the socio-economic dimension of the 21st century centralizes the need for food, clothing and shelter as non-negotiable; but more importantly is the need for education, security, freedom, health, and the protection of human rights. Today’s leaders must fight against all forms of corruption, neo-colonialism, slavery, racial discrimination, inequality and social injustice. Today’s leaders would “heal the world” if they took the burden of the people upon themselves, represented the people’s vision and brought them to the “promise land”.
I’d conclude this piece by asserting that as the Sustainable Development Goals snowballs, it is important that global leaders (the United Nations, IGOs, State-Actors, religious leaders, economic-drivers, modern-day intellectuals, and all who play pivotal role as change-agents in the society) re-visit the need to invest in the youths and young leaders. Truth is, the destiny of the world lies in the hands of the young generation. Taking a cue from the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, we cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future! Global leaders must realize how powerful, innovative, intelligent, and resourceful the young person is, and how instrumental he could be in the execution of global development policies .
When empowered, engaged, and motivated, there is little or no limit to what can be accomplished by today’s young leader. Young and aspiring leaders must however prove themselves worthy of this role by taking the initiative to develop their unique talents, skills, as well as acquiring the most pragmatic knowledge necessary for leadership in the 21st century