Digging through some old papers recently I found a 1997 review of 'Leading People' by Amin Rajan. Turns out that it's no longer in print, but back in the late 90s it caught the attention of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture & Commerce [disclosure: I'm a Fellow of the RSA] as they grappled with the idea of 'tomorrow's leaders'.
Well, tomorrow has arrived, so it's interesting to note the five key skills identified in that yesterday as being the kind of thing we by now need:
- ability to inspire trust and motivation
- ability and willingness to listen
- strategic thinking
- interpersonal skills
Hmm. Looks like a persuasive list. How does your (preferred) leader match up?