Leadership in the 21st century

Today leaders have to face a variety of complex challenges in the marketplace.

Research indicates that the challenges that leaders in the 21st century have to deal with are:
• Being business savvy alone is not enough to survive the challenges faced by leaders.

The complexities of change in our environments that we operate in require the ability to deal with complex thinking skills. Our decision making is marked by the ability to deal with the complexity and chaos in the environment outside the business. You need to be proactive in sensing the changes, managing the impact on your business and staying competitive. As a leader keep informed of change in the environment on a political, economy, social, technological and environmental areas.

• More complex problems demand greater reflection.

You need to make time as a leader to build in a reflexive practise in your daily or weekly routine. Set aside reflection time on a regular basis to evaluate yourself, your business and create a space for thinking differently about the challenges that you are facing. Evaluate yourself in terms of:

 Your vision and objectives on a personal level;
 Alignment of your vision and values with the organisational vision and values;
 What is working and what is not working well;
 What is within your control and what not, and change or adapt where you have control;
 Keep a healthy work-life balance; and
 Continuously learning and integrating.

• Sustainable long-term strategy must have a positiveimpact on society.

Social responsibility talks to the spiritual side of your business. Do you invest in the sustainability of the society in the long-term or do you do it because you have to? Decide on how and where you want to make an impact by making a positive contribution to society and do it with heart and not obligation.

• Large-scale efforts need to leverage diversity in allits forms.

With business routinely operatingacross borders, understanding the business practicesand leadership expectations of other cultures canpromote collaboration, mutual benefit, and increasedappreciation of workforce diversity. In the South African context it is challenging to deal with diversity in the organisation due to social and educational levels, race, religion, personality, gender differences and a historical imbalance of power. Do a survey to find out the real diversity issues, plan to optimise the diversity and work with the underlying issues to create an inclusive organisational culture in the organisation. There are no quick fix answers, but when diversity is leveraged, it can have a positive impact on the performance of the organisation.

• Ingenuity drives innovation, which sharpensa competitive edge:

Decide on how you drive innovation in your organisation. Do you encourage innovative thinking, reward ingenuity and constantly evaluate and assess better and smarter ways of doing what we have been doing in the past? Innovation is the new competitive edge!

• Motivating people must involve their emotionsas well as their minds:

People want to be recognised and involved in something bigger than them. Involve them, let them participate in decisions and give them a voice. People are more than just a bum on a seat, recognise, acknowledge and involve them.

The landscape of leadership changed dramatically over the last few years and the challenges increase incrementally. Leadership and management competencies are not the same, and we need both in South Africa. We need to lead in a challenging, complex world, understand globalisation and the impact of various external factors impacting in our world of work. The Preparing for the Next Level of Leadership training course will equip you to understand who you are as a leader, what are the differences between a leaders and a manager, equip you to be a more effective leader in a complex world and deal with all the challenges you face on a daily basis.

Join the Preparing for the Next Level of Leadership course hosted by Alusani Skills & Training Network®. For the latest course dates please contact Alusani® on 0114477470, email – faith@alusani.co.za or visit their website www.alusani.co.za

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