by Shikha Tripathi posted in Leadership

Recently I
was invited in a seminar to present a paper on Leadership Styles in 21st
century. While working on it I realized it was not as simple as it sounds. The
changes in our society in last few years have been rapid and have changed the
texture of our world, the attitudes, and the thinking patterns. The divide is
not only rich and poor, rural and urban but also digital now. It demands a
different set of leadership styles and competence suiting to the context of 21st
century. The text of my presentation is as follows:

The Perspective-Radically changing environment- Information
Technology will be instrumental in influencing decision making process. Today’s
mindset are shaped or oriented through exchange of information, views or
opinions through emails, twitters and blogs. The horizons of knowledge and
sharing are unlimited. Changing business paradigms, culture and social changes
will be important challenges, the leader of 21st century will face.
It s changing world with constant uncertainties including those posed by
increasing conflicts between countries, war such as Sudan, Somalia, Egypt,
Israel etc and peace disrupting elements including terrorists, insurgency etc

Leading Young and brilliant-It is estimated that In 10 years time India
will have 550 million young people under the age of 25, It is expected that, in
2020, the average age of an Indian will be 29 years, compared to 37 for China
and 48 for Japan; and, by 2030. While India will be looked upon as a source to
fill the resource gap for the world, the leader of 21 st century need to be
competent and acceptable to the youth of 21st century who will be an
active citizen of a knowledge society having a different life style culture and
value system.
The brain drain has
been a challenge for India as the Indians have been known for their
contribution to various sectors in the world. We remember that the inestimable
contributions of thousands of highly trained Indian migrants in every area of
American scientific and technological achievement culminated with the
information technology revolution most associated with
California’s Silicon Valley
in the 1980s and 1990s

Deal with not only social and economic divide but also
the digital divide -
six decades of independence India continues to be the home of a large number of
poor having a very high rate of malnutrition in the world. Of the 1 billion illiterates in the world (a
sixth of the total world population), about 300 million are in India – larger
than the population of the US, and twice the population of Brazil or Russia.
Sex Ratio of 0-6 year’s age group is on decline continuously. On social and
economic parameters there is urban and rural divide. But with evolving knowledge
society, there is a digital divide now that need to be addressed by technology
advancement to bridge this gap especially to bring those rural Indians to 21st
century that constitute about 70% of India.

Handling the unrest, frustration due to loss of trust of
a common man in leadership-
 “It simply makes no difference how good the
rhetoric is or even how good the intentions are; if there is little or no
trust, there is no foundation for permanent success.”
-Stephen Covey. While 21st century will be globally
connected world with ever changing knowledge requiring innovations, creativity
proactive approach, loss of trust among the citizens in leadership may motivate
brain drain, frustration, corruption, unrest. The existing leadership crisis
will impose high expectations on the leadership of 21st century.

Brand Leader 21st CenturyØ 
Dynamic & capable of leading     youth of 21st century, Trust
Worthy, Courage  Committed, Accountable,
Competent, Free Will, Creative

Laws of Leadership for 21st Century-Leadership in any
century requires some features that are universal in nature but changing styles
and competence contextual and appropriate.In this regard I ll quote Laws of
leadership by JC Maxwell that I read in a blog recently (www.vidyanandgarg.com)

Law of
explosive growth
- To add growth
Lead followers,

Law of
Solid Ground -Trust is the Foundation of Leadership and character is the
foundation of trust

Law of
-A Leader must give up
to go up

Law of
-Leaders touch a heart
before they ask for a hand

Leadership competencies for 21st Century Requires
a new mindset.
21 st century demands value articulation and
value constancy. Adapting with change with readiness to embrace
the unknown and handle crisis, finding order in chaos, facilitating and dealing
with diversity and complexity would demand specific competencies and leadership
styles.Right to
information will be treated as right to freedom by the citizens. leaders can
not afford to mis in form or disinform or not inform the people about their
participation encouraging or community action leadership will be required.
In an
increasingly connected and interacting world the ability to create alliances
will be extremely important as the problems will be intrinsically multi
dimensional and complex. Relationship building ability will be essential for a
leader of 21st century.
eg., massification of connectivity and digital access; and building new forms
of socio-economic, entrepreneurial and governance organization where innovation
and talent leadership play a key role.
Multi-tasking. knowledge of how the new technologies function. Leaders
must also know what they do not know, and know how to get that missing
knowledge by mobilizing their own social networks.
emotional intelligence and authenticity will be essential to deal with ever
changing  realities.
to encourage innovations to bridge knowledge and digital divide that exists
between urban and rural communities effectively and speedily.
that empowers innovative thinking must be adopted. Technology that enables
transformation must be extended. Our rural society must be brought into the
21st Century.
can only take place in places where there is encouragement for new ideas. IMR
must be drastically reduced.
survives best when it becomes part of a country’s culture and is woven into its
educational system, its industrial infrastructure and its political leadership.
Urgency to address the need build our
competencies and competitiveness – our human capital. Leaders must be able to
think and live outside the box, people who are prepared to challenge the status
quo and change the rules if the rules have become stumbling blocks.Building
of infrastructures that encourage and promote
experimentation, creativity and innovation.
to Research & Development in various sectors as in a knowledge society
process of generating knowledge, disseminating and using it aptly will be

21st century leaders must pay attention to-Environments
rather than rules, coach rather than tell, ask the right questions rather than
provide the right answers. The result is a more distributed decision-making
system, in which all members can and must participate.
demand flat hierarchy in generating and contributing idea.
from command and control principles to collaborate and competitive ap

Transformational Leadership-Make
change happen in self, others, groups, and organizations. Charisma is a special
leadership style commonly associated with transformational leadership;
extremely powerful, extremely hard to teach.

Transactional Leadership-Emphasizes
on getting things done within the umbrella of the status quo, which is directly
in opposition of transformational leadership. Using a “by the book” approach,
this leader works within the rules and is commonly seen in large, bureaucratic

Creative Leadership-Ability
to uniquely inspire people, generating shared innovative responses
and solutions to complex and readily-changing situations.

Multicultural Leadership-Fosters
team and individual effectiveness, drives for innovation by leveraging
multicultural differences. Teams are able to work more effectively in the
atmosphere of understanding and mutual respect

2 - Comments
hi maam ur note on leadership is very good.

mohdaslam on 16 Mar, 2012

good one

mohdaslam on 16 Mar, 2012

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