…IS the FUTURE.
And what do we mean by “leaders in transition," anyway?
Well, this implies to change… but more than change, these Leaders
are those who are enthusiastic and confident to lead the future.
Sounds simple, eh.
Let me guess, many could be thinking that the “leaders of the future”
are the up and coming generation… that they are those who are still
in school… or maybe the ones who just entered the labor force.
Well, literally speaking, these youngsters ARE “leaders of the future”;
and while there’s a need to develop leaders of tomorrow today – this
is simply to ensure leadership continuity. So again, it’s JUST literally
speaking. Although there could be a few exceptional ones, this does
not necessarily mean that the one’s being developed are destined to
be greater than those who mentor them. To be great is to have more
than one facet.
Thus, for those who are hesitant, why be insecure?
“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself,
or to get all the credit for doing it.” - Andrew Carnegie
Still a lot of leaders could also be insisting – “why should we train
leaders for other companies?” Yet most organizations import leaders
at one level or another and at certain times, and so they should be
willing to export them as well.
Greatness in leadership is much more a matter of teamwork:
it is in creating and leading a leadership team.
As I mentioned before, TRUE Leaders surface when there’s a crisis.
A TRUE Leader is not really about age or experience; then again,
a Leader can NEVER be a Great one without that “heart”. History
tells us that. And it’s simply common sense. We can never really
accomplish anything worthwhile without “courage”.
“Anybody who runs a successful high-technology company has to be
an eternal optimist, has to be able to take big risks.” - John Sculley
Again here, we are not only talking about high-tech companies but
most every undertaking. Leadership implies the personal willingness
to go out in front – accepting the risks involved – in order to ensure
that your team go in the right direction at the right speed.
Are you still in the bus?
So, now, have you heard of recent predictions?
That by 2013...
a supercomputer will be built that exceeds the computation capability
of the human brain… that by 2049 a $1,000 computer will exceed the
computational capabilities of the human race.
And what do we hear? Shift happens.
Of course shift happens! This conclusion is just for the simple minds.
We know that since time immemorial, man continues to evolve and
innovate to make life easier and better. Hence, “shift” IS expected.
But if you really think about it, nothing is really new except for the
actual presentation of that “newness”.
Because nothing really changed to the needs of man.
Humans would still eat bread not stone. We would still use our eyes
to watch, mouth to speak, ears to listen, and so on.
Thus, innovations are just about speed or appearance or just logical
enhancements… except if “everything” would then be processed
in the brain. The bottomline is that… we are still made of flesh and
Therefore… Think deeper. Think farther.
How would these advancements REALLY affect man? Leadership?
If computers created 5, 40 years from now would exceed human
capability… then we could already be seeing the gradual takeover of
“robots” where the children of tomorrow would just be mere
assistants to “robots” , if not computer operators … unless they got
those strings attached at the top.
What we would then see most of the time is…
of Charles Darwin’s “survival of the fittest”.
That according to former Secretary of Education Richard Riley…
the top 10 jobs that will be in demand in 2010 didn’t exist in 2004.
That we are currently preparing students for jobs that do not exist
yet… using technologies that haven’t been invented yet… in order
to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet?
What is then so “awing” about these predictions? NOTHING.
Of course, these things would happen – because of technological
advancement. But see, in actuality, we are really just creating our
own problems. If we stop innovating then there is nothing to
prepare for… and no new problems to worry of. Yet we need to
create not only for our convenience but for the survival of future
generations. If there’s no “new” job, literally new… we would
need more new companies of similar structures to provide jobs to
a growing populace.
Yes, we are living on exponential times… and again, it’s expected.
However again, this does not inevitably mean that the youngsters
are the REAL “leaders of the future”. What most of these leaders
would do is just take over a vacancy or an aging leadership, create
their own enterprise, or for a few potentials, lead a new
“TRUE Leadership is not about power; it is about a person’s legitimate
right to lead through example and self-discipline.” - Ann Mansell
Example is contagious. It is action or conduct which induces
imitation. Children are naturally imitative: it is the way they learn.
As adults we retain that characteristic. In creating the right
climate of purpose, unity and teamwork, how you bear yourself
as a Leader can be decisive.
“Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than
the science of management says is possible.” - Colin Powell
The Best Leaders have something of a philosopher in them.
The future is about change… therefore, the Leader in Transition
is the REAL Leader of the future… Leaders with a fertile yet open
mind; that rare breed with the willpower and stamina conducive
to technological change… to positive change.
How about leaders in their “current positions”?
Well, we know that most are “scared” to touch the “status quo”,
therefore, they can NOT facilitate change – but ONLY a handful
WITH courage, humor, resourcefulness, creativity, people skills,
resilience, temperance, and ENERGY can be one.
The Leaders of Tomorrow are already in our midst... and,
it could be you… and/or an “underrated” Network Connection.
Future Leaders are Catalysts … "gutsy” and Creative Thinkers.