“We know that leadership is very much related to change. As the pace of change accelerates, there is naturally a greater need for effective leadership.”
But what is effective leadership? It seems to me that, as the pace of change accelerates, the very definition of effective leadership will also have to change, and Leadership Development programs need to change as well. Certainly leadership will continue to require vision and motivational skills, as it has throughout human history. But the pace of change is already having a significant effect on organizations today, and as it accelerates into the future, that effect is likely to expand.
It seems to me that the effective leaders of the 21st century will be those who have all the traditional leadership skills, plus the ability to accept change, manage it, and lead people through the quagmire that comes with change.
For years, Leadership Development programs have included components in the area of change management, but I believe it is fast becoming the most important skill of all for effectively leading organizations. Therefore, I predict that Change Management and Change Leadership will be the core of every successful Leadership Development curriculum. Other skills will still be necessary, but should be taught within the framework of Change Leadership. Leading the status quo is no longer a marketable skill, and it won’t work in a world that is constantly be in transition.