The traditional leadership model based on a materialistic, profit-oriented, “Mary Sue” charisma is not appropriate in today’s environment for several reasons. Firstly, today’s issues might be too unpredictable for a single person to handle all properly. Secondly, being strictly profit-oriented might no longer appear suitable for a leader. Thirdly, subordinates would appreciate sincerity rather than the display of strength. Fourthly, work nowadays requires a more creative approach. Finally, a leader with traditional qualities might be too susceptible to dangerous temptations (Joly, 2022). Today, people require another type of leader with different qualities.
Be clear about your purpose
The purpose in this context has three dimensions –the organization’s purpose, the leader’s purpose, and individual employees’ purposes. To achieve the purpose of an organization as a whole, leaders should first have a clear understanding of their motives and the motives of people around them. Second, leaders should find a way to connect that motivation to the organization’s purpose. Motivational awareness is crucial since it allows one to work to the full potential.
Be clear about your role
The leader’s role is to create an environment for others to develop. He should inspire, support and unlock the potential of those around him, especially in times of need.
Be clear about whom you serve
Egoism is not acceptable. On the contrary, a leader should serve everyone around him as a shoulder to lean on by providing them with exactly what they need to do their best.
Be driven by values
To be driven by values has two meanings:
- Do what is right. Stay true to moral qualities like honesty or respect, even when it is not profitable. Also, foster the same attitude in your environment.
- Know when to leave the environment if the alignment is not possible.
A leader should not be afraid to show his human side – personality, emotions, or vulnerabilities. When appropriate, it may help his colleagues understand him better and connect better.
If a leader wants to change something for the better, he should start with himself.
Joly, H. (2022). 5 Principles of purposeful leadership. Harvard Business Review. Web.