Leadership Requires Interpersonal Relationships in The Digital Age

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“A leader needs to be a skilled communicator, a visionary champion with a sense of purpose. All this on Top of those age-old attributes of getting things done and hitting the numbers. Plus the ability simply to get along with people“–Paul Ebeling

Mastering personal relationships that build trust and create a collaborative work environment is central to leadership effectiveness in the digital era.

A Key means of developing the interpersonal skills necessary for leadership is to learn from other leaders, good or bad.

There are 1000s of books on leadership, ranging from ancient classics such as Sun Tzu’s The Art of War to the modern-day likes of James Kouzes and Barry Posner’s The Truth About Leadership. It pays to read widely.

It also pays to keenly watch, experience and emulate. This does not mean just copying ideas, behaviors and attitudes: it means critically observing, cherry-picking what appears most useful, trying to put it into practice and seeing if it works.

It can be tempting to seek inspiration from high-profile entrepreneurs. Sure enough, these, too, are likely to have reached the Top through a combination of innate skills, developed skills and hard work. But it is important to recognize good leaders come in many forms and that valuable lessons can be found all around us.

Great leaders excel in these 3 things, as follows:

  • inspired teams that continuously produce innovative, cost-effective products and services that generate these superior outcomes;
  • created inclusive working environments that foster collaboration and employee growth and continuous development; and
  • conducted business responsibly to benefit communities and society.

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The final element: conducting business responsibly is even more important, and more difficult to master, in the digital economy, we lead in this regard, join us. 

We have to acknowledge that there are square pegs and round holes and that in the end some people just are not cut out for leadership roles. If we accept that leaders born, then most are beyond hope and their employers must be prepared to embrace the challenge in a positive, pragmatic and productive way.

Have a prosperous day, Keep the Faith!