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The leadership landscape is changing

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The leadership landscape is changing

Paraphrasing Henry Kissinger, Owen says a leader is someone who takes people who would not have got there by themselves. "Leadership," he says, "is about what you do – it is not about your title." To become a leader, you do not need to wait until you become CEO of your company.

Owen says top leaders exhibit:

  • Vision
  • The ability to motivate others
  • Decisiveness
  • The ability to handle crises
  • Honesty and integrity

(The first four can be learned, he says, but the last is innate and perhaps the most important, because people do not want to work with a leader whom they do not trust and does not deliver on his or her promises.)

Leaders at the middle management level exhibit:

  • The ability to motivate others
  • Decisiveness
  • Industry experience
  • Networking ability
  • Delegation

Recent graduates/emerging leaders exhibit:

  • Hard work
  • Proactivity
  • Intelligence
  • Reliability
  • Ambition

He questions whether the Anglo-Saxon tradition of pragmatic rather than ideologically-led leadership will continue to dominate, urging the audience to explore leadership dogma from other societies.

He closes by saying, "Across the world, all the tribes I have spoken to have one simple message: 'Change or die.'"


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William Granger


2011-10-15 18:37

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