Solving challenges this year means taking a hard look at your leadership skills and behaviours
The world is changing faster than ever before, and to be successful in the years to come you'll need to be able to solve challenges that haven't even been conceived yet.
Leaders in previous generations were able to coast on their experience and knowledge, but those days are long gone. To stay ahead of the curve, you'll need to constantly be learning and growing.
For example, 40% of Australian businesses told a 2021 IDC report that cybersecurity skills were the most important skills investment that their organisation needed to build, rebuild, or hire in the first wave of economic recovery.
Team building skills are critical too, and global headliner Patrick Lencioni (pictured), author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team , will teach leaders these skills in a live virtual event Building High Performance Teams in April.
Our research, plus access to the world’s brilliant thinkers, leads us to these 10 leadership qualities needed to solve challenges in 2022:
1. Self-awareness – Know your impact.
2. Empathy – Love differences in others.
3. Vulnerability and humility – Trust and be trusted.
4. Team builder – Empower others.
5. Growth mindset – Keep learning.
6. Communication – Be clear and positive.
7. Commitment to improvement – Be a better you.
8. Scientific thinking – Question assumptions.
9. Active listener – Stay curious longer.
10.Digital competency – Keep up, and then some.
Let’s take a closer look at just one of the leader qualities: Digital Competency.
If you think as a leader you can get away with average to middling digital competency skills, think again.
Digital native Millennials and Generation Z make up 64% of the world’s population. This could be why a 2021 Forbes study found such a danger in leaders being perceived as "digital dunces." It discovered a lack of digital skills had a substantial negative impact on employees’ perceived effectiveness of their leader.
Poor digital skills were seen as more negative than the extent to which excellent skills were seen as positive. High competency in digital skills is just ‘permission to play’ for leaders in 2022.
You can see the importance of improving your score on all 10 leadership qualities. Our monograph sets out fascinating research around each of the 10 qualities, plus it outlines some of the challenges of 2022.
Most importantly, it helps you understand the qualities most likely to help you become the leader you know you can be.
Download our monograph now, and get started on your learning journey.
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