We think of leadership as specific to the industry where the leader is working. A leader in an educational institution has the skills to lead in that specific type of organization. But actually, this isn’t really the case. Leadership is more tied to the set of skills that are involved rather than to the position. That’s why you can often find cases of leaders in one area switching from positions in one type of organization to one that has, on the face of it, got little in common with the first. That’s because they’re not using job-specific skills in the role; they’re using their leadership skills.
While there can be a long debate about which type of people make the best leaders, it’s irrefutable that the best ones have the same thing in common: they have the leadership skills that are in demand during the age in which they’re working, rather than the leadership skills that were needed in the past. There were some fantastic leaders in, say, the 1970s, but they would not necessarily be suited for all types of leadership roles in the modern world.
If you want to look at the types of leadership that’s important, then it’s first important to look at the working world. Today, we live in an information age, so what’s valuable are people that have the historical leadership qualities combined with an understanding of what’s needed to succeed today in a world driven by information and data. Learn more by looking at the infographic from the University of Southern California below.http://
Infographic by University of Southern California University of Southern California