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Skills of a future leader

by C:F Team on 12th April, 2010 at 10:16 AM CEST

In this week's Hot Topic discussion we'd like to focus on a theme related to the upcoming Challenge:Future Summit 2010. As you might have seen in the Summit Agenda, an important part of the Summit will be the Future Dialogs section, in which future leadership will represent an important theme.

And that is why we'd also like to hear your answers to the question: What skills should a future leader of tomorrow have? What will be the main challenges that future leaders will have to deal with? How should they deal with these challenges? Share your thoughts in the comments; the best ones will be included at the C:F Summit in Bled!

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Vallabha Rao

Vallabha Rao

This is a great topic to ponder on. I think future leader of tomorrow will be good at innovation than at academics . Leaders have to think out of the box and keep sustainability in mind rather than just profitability. They have be tech savvy and be able to work in diverse environments. Most importantly they have to realize that its a complex world out there and that uncertainty is not so bad

12th April, 2010 @ 10:39 AM CEST

Zhikica Pagovski

Zhikica Pagovski | Action team | CF Chapters

The future leader should be committed, team workers, and responsible! Their leadership motto should be "Follow me," not "Listen to me!" The future leaders should do one important thing: "Use their skills to provide better world for everyone." They should involve in encountering the current challenges such as poverty, environmental and social problems through establishing networks, cooperating, and coming up with inovations that will benefit everybody. Uniting of the leaders in the world will make our world better place because Together we are Stronger.

12th April, 2010 @ 10:47 AM CEST

Sayanee Basu

Sayanee Basu | Action team | CF Chapters

Excellent points by Zhikica and Vallabha!

I would also add:
1. Embrace change as a tool for progress, and not hurdle
2. Embrace diversity of all kinds of people for global connectivity
3. A good listener for opposing view points
4. Creating autonomy for his subordinates to create a flat hierarchal and Independence learning environment for the team
5. A visionary with an intuitive sense for the trend of future
(http://articles.moneycentral.m sn.com/Investing/Dispatch/0703 02BuffettSeeksASuccessor.aspx)
6. Is able to ignite passion and enthusiasm inside and out side of the company (http://blogs.hbr.org/corkindal e/2009/11/are_you_an_in_or_an_ out_leader.html)

12th April, 2010 @ 2:20 PM CEST

Kayode Nubi

Kayode Nubi | Action team | CF Chapters

I think the most important skill a future leader is to possess is having the skills of being a "partner" today - these ranges from collaborative ventures to advocacy.

The main challenge would be to modify today's model, so they become efficient in addressing tomorrow's demands. That's where sustainable development comes into play.

To address this, there's need for presence of inspired and passionate youths in different spheres and works of life - from health to government; from media to entrepreneurship, etc. This presence should be one that suggest an handshake between today's and tomorrow's leaders, with a main task of allowing for and efficient sustainability and distribution of successful models, policies, systems and the likes.

13th April, 2010 @ 12:06 AM CEST

Alja Sulčič

Alja Sulčič

Great comments everyone, keep them coming! :)

And thanks for the additional links, Sayanee, it's always great to learn more about this interesting topic, which will surely be a Hot Topic of our future.

13th April, 2010 @ 9:28 AM CEST

Eko Siprapua Sijabat

Eko Siprapua Sijabat

cool...!

13th April, 2010 @ 12:19 PM CEST

Saad Khan

Saad Khan | Action team | CF Chapters

the most important thing for a leader to have is to be honest to himself i think if every leader has this quality there is no way that people wouldnt follow him

13th April, 2010 @ 12:20 PM CEST

afrinah ahmed

afrinah ahmed | Action team

well i think, leadership is not only a word to comment on, and qualities possessed by a leader may vary according to his personality. But, as far as topic is concerned, a future leader must possess a competitive and a co-operative nature. He should be punctual and should have the potential to manage his work, and to tie his workers through a strong bond. He should be committed to his work, and most importantly he should be aware of his weakness and strengths. He should always be optimistic, enthusiastic and encouraging. He should also be consistent towards his goal. and yeah, being a future leader he should think out of box, to make some progress out of world!

14th April, 2010 @ 10:01 AM CEST

Milica Shulevska

Milica Shulevska

A leader should be honest, practical, to listen what every person has to say and consider that opinion as an option. The most important thing about leadership is the ability to organize people in order to achieve the best result.

17th April, 2010 @ 11:42 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

wow... awesome comments !!
great thoughts everyone.. (vallabh, zhikica. sayanee, kayode, saad, afrinah, milica)

21st April, 2010 @ 1:50 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

Leader must:

1) Have vision, without vision you are not leader

2) Able to travel into unexplored path, normally there is tendency to traveled into well laid out path

3) Know how to manage success & most importantly failure, if failure occurs leader owns the failure & if success come leader give to the team.

4) have courage to take decision, this is the major problem this days.

5) Have nobility in management;

6) Work with integrity & succeed with integrity; every action of the leader should be transparent.


:) (This 6 qualities we mention in our Panchjanya B school - "IEDC")

21st April, 2010 @ 1:52 PM CEST

Kayode Nubi

Kayode Nubi | Action team | CF Chapters

Thanks Jating... i really liked the second one, as I happen to have a favourite saying... i think its by Uncle Alby and it says " I'd rather make a trail than walk the path". A leader definitely needs to travel the "unexplored path"......

28th April, 2010 @ 3:04 PM CEST

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