There are good leaders and then there are GREAT leaders. Those who are deemed to be great ones have similar characteristics and traits. They’re driven to be better leaders, futuristic thinkers, keen problem solvers, and they truly know the value of empathy and to lead with mission and purpose. Of course, they are also extremely savvy in managing conflict and shrewdly navigating challenging times – especially in the post-pandemic era. Every organization in the world is always on the lookout for such great leaders.
Among other areas, being adept at agile management practices, demonstrating shrewdness at setting powerful strategic goals, and adapting to complex transformational shifts in organizational structure are all attributes of great leadership in the modern workplace. As organizations – small and large, local and global – in every industry seek to navigate unprecedented, challenging, and turbulent times, the need for effective leadership and true leaders is in high demand.
Those who excel in organizational leadership can play a pivotal role in managing change both through their own leadership and by implementing or stewarding leadership development programs within their own organizations. The best and most authentic leaders also are well-equipped to masterfully lead, manage and motivate diverse teams and individuals and set the tone for a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive work environment. They know how to proactively address and resolve intricate business and people-related issues using strategic human resource management prowess by promoting and nurturing growth in others to achieve common goals to drive organizational effectiveness.
In sum, the complete leader has the essential skills and mindsets including:
- Problem-solving and decision-making
- Communicating effectively
- Listening actively
- Learning and leading from a diversity of perspectives
- Developing relationships
- Team building and fostering effective collaboration
- Sensing and developing the leadership potential in others
- Identifying and cultivating future innovations and opportunities
- Keenly understanding the business environment
- Conducting the organization with high business acumen, integrity, and ethics
- Thinking strategically and holistically
Caldwell University’s MBA with a concentration in in Organizational Leadership is designed to cultivate these very traits. I’m happy to be part of such a forward-thinking program that addresses the competencies required for those who already are in a leadership role or established as a leader, or those who are looking to become a leader, as I know our program offers the tools needed to succeed.
Assistant Professor, Business and Computer Science