New Leaders Are Rewriting Old Rules

We would like to share with you the three things that would be useful to know as a CEO before you step into that role.

A long time ago when the earth was flat people believed that to be a successful CEO one needed to be confident and charismatic, never express and definitely have all the answers. The new leader that has emerged is one that is adaptable to change, open to ideas and sharing and is dedicated to self-awareness and growth. This leader possesses a high level of curiosity known as CQ and the below are a list of character traits that these leaders have.

1. Open to Learning and Change

As the adage goes, “Just when I had all of the answers, someone changed all of the questions.” This definitely applies in today’s world of business leaders. If you bear in mind that becoming a successful CEO or a leader at any level is not the end of the journey, but the beginning of a challenge, that will require continuous adaption and change, you will definitely succeed. Zuckerberg is a great example of a leader who highlights each year what he will be learning that year, he is not afraid to say he has much to learn and he puts himself out there role-modelling the importance of personal growth. This inspires his followers to be the same and in doing so he ensures he leaves a legacy of leaders with similar traits.

2. Success is a Team Sport

“Show me a CEO who appears to walk on water, and I’ll show you a team of people underneath the surface carrying him or her on their shoulders.” Take a look at Reid Hoffman, co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, he is the quintessential example of a generous leader who views one person’s success as being connected to the success of others. I would urge you to read his 2014 book, “The Alliance,” which systematically explains how leaders can attract and retain the best employees through forming mutually beneficial alliances where everyone wins. It is important to note that the new trait he role models for others is that the best path to success, on both a personal and organisational level, is a culture where everyone’s success is linked to the success of each other and the entire team.

3. Reputation Matters

With the global village and the advent of the Internet everyone is connected and there are no secrets. As a result how you treat others, both good and bad, create a personal brand that follows you wherever you go. Interviewers and potential employers look at your global and digital footprint before they even meet you. If we consider successful businesses, such as AirBNB and TaskRabbit, these businesses have built business models that showcase how others view you as the key to driving success. The currency that makes systems like Airbnb and TaskRabbit work is trust, influence and reputation capital.

No one will eventually hire a CEO or leader that is a bully or trashes competitors. People want choice and an opportunity to exercise their options, so employees and contractors are no different and even in tough economic areas where limited job opportunities may exist, there is the negative consequence of having an employee who is deeply de-motivated based on a poor work environment.

How you treat people matters. Today’s leaders need to build reputations based on trust and respect, to both inspire teams and to attract and retain top talent.

Today’s leaders are breaking the mould of the old CEO, these new age leaders are confident & charismatic people who are not afraid to express weaknesses and don’t always have to have all the answers. This style offers a leadership model that best fits the times in which we live.