How Has Leadership Evolved In Recent Times?

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19 March 2022 | csk speaks - education - effective communication - online communication

How Has Leadership Evolved In Recent Times?

With globalization, technological invention, and the increasing number of associations among people, activities, and events, today’s tempo of change is never-ending. We live in a world run by the commercial and technological revolution. With the change, leaders need to be both attuned to the impact of technology on their business and highly flexible as a result.

In these volatile, unpredictable, and continually controversial times, effective leadership is crucial. As Harvard’s John Kotter observed: “Leadership is very much related to change. As the pace of change accelerates, there is naturally a greater need for effective leadership.

This has demonstrated a transition from the autocratic leadership style of the 20th century towards a more collaborative approach. In this modern manner of leadership, work is no longer ordered from above but powered from within.

This new way of working has unlocked the road to innovation and creativity, which is important for organizations wishing to earn a competitive advantage. It has also given rise to teamwork, productivity, meaning, and purpose in every aspect of work, which just so occurs to be exactly what employees today are striving for.

There has been an adaptation from hard leadership to soft leadership skills too. Nowadays, Leaders are more people-oriented than task-oriented. There is power in leading with kindness and a more human approach. We can notice this in the greater awareness of how employees’ different personalities reflect how they react to leadership. Leaders are more open to tailoring their strategy to get the best out of the individuals they lead, using tools like personality profiling that offer insights into the best ways to supervise people based on their natural behavioral preferences.

Here’s how leadership has changed in the recent time:

  • Earlier Autocratic leadership was popular among leaders. In most workplaces, managers had the utmost power of making decisions based on their personal views and experience but not now. Leadership is more about the collaborative approach.
  • Figuring out what to do and then instructing people was a major challenge for the previous generations of leaders but now technology is making it all a lot easier.