The Future of Leadership

Leadership is fast becoming less about what you are in the organization, and more about who you are.

It used to be that the credentials were most important (like your title, your level of education, the initials after your name) and the person behind the credentials was less important. The person still mattered, of course, but not quite as much as the degrees or the recent experience.

Now we are seeing a rapid transition to who you are being most important, with your credentials coming in second. Credentials still matter, but who you are now matters much more. The pandemic is accelerating this trend.

What leadership skills should you invest in going forward? Your distinct leadership voice and philosophy, your EQ, your communication and storytelling skills, your humanity. This stuff is hard! It’s also the job.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on August 6, 2020

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