The Future of Leadership

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Though many of the best leaders share some of the same characteristics, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to leadership. What improves productivity for one team may interfere with the workflow of another, and what makes some employees feel empowered to do their best work may leave others feeling directionless and unsupported. It’s important for all leaders to find the style that works for them and their team members – and be willing and able to adapt their approach when necessary.

Let’s look at a few approaches to leadership that will be better suited to the current moment than the more traditional styles.

Transformational leadership

As its name implies, transformational leadership is focused on continuous improvement in all its forms. A transformational leader is one who works to foster a shared vision among their team, then gives each member the tools, support, and advocacy they need to make that vision a reality. Employees are encouraged to be creative, to challenge the status quo, and to develop the skills necessary to tackle the challenges ahead of them.

If done correctly, transformational leadership makes employees feel more like stakeholders, giving them a personal interest in the team’s success beyond collecting a paycheck.

Consider Steve Jobs. While Jobs was known for the revolutionary technological advancements achieved by Apple, his legacy can be seen in the continued success and innovation of the company after his death. He implemented a training process that instills in every Apple leader the way the company thinks and operates, ensuring that Apple’s future executives deliver new ideas that advance personal technology.