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25 Essential Modern Leadership Skills Cheat Sheet by

25 Essential 21st Century Leadership Skills
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Introd­uction

There are aspects of effective leadership that speak across time. For example, even after more than 150 years, Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address still resonates. Vince Lombardi’s coaching for excellence is every bit as timely now as 50 years ago. Noneth­eless, one also recognizes differ­ences. Would Lincoln have been able to succeed in today’s media enviro­nment? Would Lombardi’s “tough love” approach be accepted in our time? No one knows how historical figures might fare today, yet we can isolate leadership lessons that meet the needs in our time and place. The list that follows attempts to capture enduring leadership lessons within the unique, fast-m­oving circum­stances of the early 21st century.

The List

1.Se­rvice focus: In the Inform­ation Age, everyone is a potential relati­onship. A service mentality is not an ethical plus; it’s required.
2. Courage and sacrif­ice: Higher levels of service are the binding elements of effective leader­ship.
3. Relati­ons­hips: Gaining advantage in isolated transa­ctions cannot be the basis of a sustai­nable business model.
4. Value creati­on: Value is not based on how hard you’ve worked, or what you think you deserve, but solely on your customers’ judgment.
5. Values create value: In a time of customer empowe­rment and commod­iti­zation, advancing the values of customers can be a potent differ­ent­iator.
6. Vision is the essential element of leader­ship.
7. Manage­ment is part of leader­ship: In an age of accoun­tab­ility, the boss is out, the coach is in.
8. Best in world: is the only sustai­nable model in our connected world.
9.Li­ste­ning: is the master skill in a relati­ons­hip­-based world.
10. Questions are better than answers; substitute the open ends of question marks for the closed ends of periods.
11. Influe­nce: “The power to persuade” is now as necessary a skill for corporate CEOs as for politi­cians.
12. Commun­ication skills cannot be delegated or outsou­rced; effective leaders must master an ever-e­volving range of commun­ica­tions and expect­ations.
13. Collab­ora­tion: The smartest person in the room is always the room.
14. Create a stimul­ating ecosys­tem: Have a personal board of advisors. Search out mentors. Connect with people of accomp­lis­hment through social media.
15.I­nte­rge­ner­ational learni­ng: What are you learning from various genera­tions?
16. Intern­ational learni­ng: A world of customers, compet­itors, prospects, and resources is just a mouse click away.
17. Resili­ence: You’re less likely to have your falls hidden behind the walls of large instit­utions. Are you able to get off the mat, get back into the ring?
18. Break bounda­ries: Don’t let others’ limita­tions apply to you.
19. Cultivate an experi­men­ter’s mindset: Innovation includes false leads and failures. Today’s failure may be the basis of tomorrow’s breakt­hrough.
20. Optimism and altern­ative mindsets spread fast; it’s a leadership decision, not a matter of individual temper­ament.
21 Enthus­iasm is the universal spirit that remains compel­ling.
22. Relentless adapta­bil­ity: The value of your service is determined by your capacity to evolve in rapidly changing circum­sta­nces.
23. Vitali­ty: Your physical, mental, and spiritual health consti­tutes the foundation of all service.
24. Think like an artist: Make every aspect of your experience a part of your evolution.
25 Achieve integr­ity: The sum of your parts can be united into a whole that only you can create

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